Political philosopher and Harvard professor Michael J. Sandel will deliver the 2015 Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence. The lecture, titled “Justice, Neutrality and Law,” will focus on such questions as whether the law should affirm certain moral judgments, or be neutral on moral and spiritual questions.
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Room LJ-119, Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are not required.
Michael Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. Sandel’s writings–on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets–have been translated into 27 languages. His legendary course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was named on China Newsweek’s list of “most influential figures” of 2010.
Professor Sandel’s books include “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets”; “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?”; “The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering”; and “Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy.” They relate the enduring questions of political philosophy to the most vexing moral and civic questions of our time.
Professor Sandel, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne (Paris), delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford University, and served on the President’s Council on Bioethics (2002-2005). A graduate of Brandeis University (1975), he received his doctorate from Oxford University (D.Phil., 1981), where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
The Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence presents the most distinguished contributors to international jurisprudence, judged through writings, reputation, and broad and continuing influence on contemporary legal scholarship. The series has been endowed by Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg. The event, hosted at the Library of Congress, is jointly presented by the Law Library of Congress and the Library’s John W. Kluge Center.
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Political Philosopher Michael Sandel to Deliver the 2015 Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence