Theos Annual Lecture 2020 : 8 Sep, ONLINE

September 8, 2020 | 8:00 pm

One of the world’s leading philosophers on how we can restore social solidarity and heal our polarized politics.

This year’s speaker is Michael Sandel speaking on his latest book ‘The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?’ Chaired by Elizabeth Oldfield, the event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday 8th September at 8pm. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session with Michael.

You can book for the event here. UK-based event ticket holders will be able to purchase ‘The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?’ at a reduced cost. You will be sent details about this, along with a Zoom link, upon registering for the event.

About this Event

In this special interactive zoom Annual Lecture, sponsored by CCLA, Michael will discuss his latest book The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? with Theos’ Director Elizabeth Oldfield, followed by an opportunity for a question and answer session with Michael.

The renowned philosopher Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the partisan politics of our time, we must rethink the attitudes towards success and failure that have accompanied globalisation and rising inequality. Sandel highlights the hubris meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind.

Published at a hinge point in social and political history, he offers an alternative way of thinking about success – more attentive to the role of luck in human affairs, more conducive to an ethic of humility, more affirming of the dignity of work and more hospitable to a politics of the common good. Inspiringly, his book also helps us think about one of the great questions: how we value other human beings.

Described as ‘the world’s most relevant living philosopher’ (Newsweek), Michael J Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. His work has been translated into 28 languages. His BBC Radio 4 series The Public Philosopher explores the big ethical issues with audiences around the world, most recently in his role as The Global Philosopher on Pandemic Ethics. His previous books Justice and What Money Can’t Buy have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.

Information on how to access the zoom event will be sent upon registration, along with a link to purchase the book at a discounted price.

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