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The Reith Lectures

Michael Sandel: A New Citizenship: 2009 Episode 3: Genetics and Morality

Professor Sandel considers how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge.

Recorded at Newcastle's Centre for Life, Professor Sandel looks at how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge.

Professor Michael Sandel delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley.

Recorded at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, Sandel considers how we should use our ever-increasing scientific knowledge. New genetic technologies hold great promise for treating and curing disease, but how far we should go in using them to manipulate muscles, moods and gender?

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Michael Sandel: A New Citizenship: 2009 Episode 1: Markets and Morals

Prof Michael Sandel considers the expansion and moral limits of markets.

Prof Michael Sandel considers the expansion of markets and how we determine moral limits. He calls for a more robust debate about such questions, as part of a 'new citizenship'.

Michael Sandel, Harvard Professor of Government, delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley.

Sandel considers the expansion of markets and how we determine their moral limits. Should immigrants, for example, pay for citizenship? Should we pay schoolchildren for good test results, or even to read a book? He calls for a more robust public debate about such questions, as part of a 'new citizenship'.

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Michael Sandel: A New Citizenship: 2009 Episode 4: A New Politics of the Common Good

Professor Sandel makes the case for a moral and civic renewal in democratic politics.

Professor Sandel makes the case for a moral and civic renewal in politics. He says we need to think of ourselves as citizens, not just consumers.

Professor Michael Sandel delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley.

Sandel makes the case for a moral and civic renewal in democratic politics. Recorded at George Washington University in Washington DC, he calls for a new politics of the common good and says that we need to think of ourselves as citizens, not just consumers.

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Michael Sandel: A New Citizenship: 2009 Episode 2: Morality in Politics

Michael Sandel asks what role, if any, there is for moral argument in politics.

Michael Sandel considers the role of moral argument in politics. He believes that it is often not possible for government to be neutral on moral questions.

Professor Michael Sandel delivers four lectures about the prospects of a new politics of the common good. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley.

Sandel considers the role of moral argument in politics. He believes that it is often not possible for government to be neutral on moral questions and calls for a more engaged civic debate about issues such as commercial surrogacy and same-sex marriage.

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