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Harvard professor famous for ‘Justice’ to give lecture in Vietnam this March

Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 17:26 GMT+7
Harvard professor famous for ‘Justice’ to give lecture in Vietnam this March
Professor Michael Sandel. Photo: Harvard University

A prominent American political philosopher from Harvard University will deliver a public lecture in Vietnam in March.

Professor Michael Sandel, who teaches political philosophy at Harvard, will visit Fulbright University Vietnam and give the speech here, the university told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday.  

The visit will be undertaken around mid-March.

His course ‘Justice’ has been taken by thousands of students each year, placing it among the most highly attended in Harvard’s history.

It is also “the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television,” the U.S.-based university says on its website.

“Sandel’s books relate enduring themes of political philosophy to the most vexing moral and civic questions of our time.” 

He has published such fine books as ‘What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,’ ‘Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?’, and ‘The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering.’

All three have been published in Vietnamese.

His writings on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets have been translated into 27 languages and embraced by tens of millions of readers around the world. 

The BBC News called him “a philosopher with the global profile of a rock-star.”

He has delivered speeches across five continents and at iconic venues, including St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Public Theater in New York’s Central Park, and an outdoor stadium in Seoul, South Korea.

His lecture at the stadium was heard by a live audience of 14,000 people.

The coming visit to Fulbright University Vietnam is also his first to the Southeast Asian country.

The Vietnamese government granted Fulbright University Vietnam an operating license in 2017.

“[The university] built on the effective public policy training of our graduate programs to launch Vietnam’s first not-for-profit, independent, liberal arts undergraduate program,” according to its website.

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