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Justice by Michael J. Sandel

Growing up I was always told to do the right thing. From an early age, I was taught the golden rule: do to others as you would have them do to you. This was and mostly still is the foundation of all ethical decisions in my life. Having such a simple guiding principle, one would think conversations about justice would be just as simple. Unfortunately, nothing is simple.

Justice by Michael Sandel is an exceptionally interesting book. The concept of justice is so intense and complex with numerous layers about fairness, equality, freedom, rights, virtues, morality, and so on. Sandel effortlessly and eloquently deconstructs the concept of justice. He shows us each arguments strengths and weaknesses without sounding pedantic or showing any bias.

This book is a great introduction into the concepts of philosophy. Though he does spend some time discussing the timeline of philosophy with Aristotle, Kant, and Rawls, the majority of the book addresses modern day issues. It is easy to see, after reading this book, how two intelligent, logical human beings can come to two very different conclusions concerning the same moral dilemma.

This is a great book and I highly recommend it.