Text full multimedia monochrome

First time here?

Find out more about how The Lecture List works.

Coronavirus situation update

Our lecture organisers may or may not have had time to update their events with cancellation notices. Clearly social gatherings are to be avoided and that includes lectures. STAY AT HOME FOLKS, PLEASE.


Find out what you can do to keep The Lecture List online

The Public Philosopher - Should we bribe people to be healthy?

LSE and BBC Radio 4 public event

Michael Sandel is a professor of political philosophy at Harvard and one of the
university's most popular lecturers. In a series of of public events, recorded at the
London School of Economics and Political Science, he challenges his audience to apply critical thinking to the sort of ethical dilemmas most people rely on gut instinct to resolve.

Michael Sandel's lectures to Harvard undergraduates are so popular that students
have to be turned away. The lectures are challenging and interactive. Audience members are asked to raise their hands in response to a series of questions about their attitudes to a political issue of the day. The brave ones will volunteer to explain the thinking behind their views. So begins an hour in which political controversies are examined with regard to the underlying philosophical issues.

An antidote to the "yah-boo" debate of party politics, Sandel's lectures will be profound as well as entertaining.

The three lectures will take place on 5.45pm and 7.45pm on Thursday March 8 and at 6.30pm on Friday March 9. Each event is ticketed, so you need to submit a ticket request for each of the lectures.

Topics will be decided close to recording, but each of the three events will examine a different issue.

The lectures will be broadcast as The Public Philosopher on BBC Radio 4 at 9am on Tuesday 3, 10 and 17 April 2012.

Michael Sandel is Professor of Government and lecturer in political philosophy at
Harvard. As the BBC's Reith lecturer in 2009, he explored the topics of moral and
civic renewal in democratic politics; genetics and morality; the role of morality in politics; and the moral limits of markets. In January 2011 he hosted a discussion for
BBC Four at the Royal Institution on fairness in public policy and the Big Society. His latest book, What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, will be published in
April 2012.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #lseSandel


Professor Michael Sandel | talks


Date and Time:

9 March 2012 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
Lincoln's Inn Fields

Show map

Organised by:

London School of Economics & Political Science
See other talks organised by London School of Economics & Political Science...




Available from:

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested.

Members of the public, LSE staff, students and alumni can request one ticket via the online ticket request form which will be live on the event weblisting from shortly after 10pm on Tuesday 28 February till at least 12noon on Wednesday 29 February. If at 12noon we have received more requests than there are tickets available, the line will be closed, and tickets will be allocated on a random basis to those requests received. If we have received fewer requests than tickets available, the ticket line will stay open until all tickets have been allocated.

For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk.

Media queries: please contact the Press Office if you would like to reserve a press seat or have a media query about this event, email pressoffice@lse.ac.uk

Event weblisting: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2012/03/20120309t1830vSZT.aspx

Additional Information:

From time to time there are changes to event details so we strongly recommend that if you plan to attend this event you check the listing for this event on the LSE events website on the day of the event.

Register to tell a friend about this lecture.


If you would like to comment about this lecture, please register here.


Any ad revenue is entirely reinvested into the Lecture List's operating fund