The Global Philosopher

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Do Those On Top Deserve Their Success?20161213Harvard's Michael Sandel asks tough questions of 60 people from around the world.

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.

Pandemic Ethics20200401In the face of the virus sweeping the world, Michael Sandel of Harvard University debates pandemic ethics. He’s joined by participants from over a dozen countries. Is it wrong to stockpile? Should governments use surveillance to make sure people stay in their homes? And if hospitals are overwhelmed and can’t treat everybody, how should they make the agonising decision about who should live, and who should be allowed to die?

Producer: David Edmonds
Research: Louise Coletta
Editor: Hugh Levinson

Michael Sandel and an international panel debate the right way to respond to coronavirus

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.

Should Borders Matter?2016032920160516 (R4)
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Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders.

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.

Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders.

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.

Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders.

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.

Should The Rich World Pay For Climate Change?20160728A global audience joins Michael Sandel to discuss the world's response to climate change.

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.

Should There Be Any Limits To Free Speech?2018020620181006 (R4)Sixty people from around the world join Professor Michael Sandel in a digital studio at Harvard to discuss free speech.

Free speech is a cornerstone of democracy and freedom of expression is regarded as a fundamental human right. But even in democracies there are disputes about the limits to free speech. And most countries have laws restricting free speech, such as libel laws, or laws controlling forms of pornography.

But should limits be placed on free speech? Should people be allowed to say and write whatever they like, even if it is untrue and is deeply offensive to vulnerable individuals or groups? Professor Sandel unpicks the philosophy of free speech.

Audience producer: Louise Coletta
Producer: David Edmonds
Executive Producer: Emma Rippon.

A global audience joins Harvard's Michael Sandel to discuss the limits to free speech.

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.

Vaccine Ethics20210209Is it acceptable to jump the queue for the Covid-19 vaccination, by flying to another country and paying for the injection?

This is one of the questions Michael Sandel explores with an international panel of guests, as they discuss the moral issues surrounding the Covid-19 jab.

The Harvard philosophy professor poses a series of tough questions, including whether we should demand wealthy countries to send a portion of their vaccines to poorer countries, even if their own citizens have not received the vaccine - and is it right for governments to legally compel people to be vaccinated?

And will vaccine passports, giving access to restaurants and sports facilities for example, create a two-class society?

Professor Sandel elucidates the ethical issues underlying these practical questions with the help of contributors from countries including Japan, the US, Belgium, Argentina, China, India, Australia, Italy, Nigeria, Norway and the UK.

Producer: Richard Fenton-Smith
Researcher: Jonelle Awomoyi
Studio Manager: James Beard

Michael Sandel and an international panel discuss the moral issues around the jab.

Harvard's Michael Sandel uses pioneering technology to conduct a truly global debate.