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The Tyranny of Merit

Author: Michael J. Sandel  

One of the world's leading philosophers on how we can restore social solidarity and overcome our rancorous politics

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One of the world's leading philosophers on how we can restore social solidarity and overcome our rancorous politics

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These are dangerous times for democracy. We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favour of the already fortunate. Stalled social mobility and entrenched inequality give the lie to the promise that "you can make it if you try". And the consequence is a brew of anger and frustration that has fuelled populist protest, with the triumph of Brexit and election of Donald Trump.

Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the polarized politics of our time, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalisation and rising inequality. Sandel highlights the hubris a meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind. 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, and more hospitable to a politics of the common good.

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About the Author

Michael J. Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. Described as 'the world's most relevant living philosopher' (Newsweek), Sandel's work has been translated into 28 languages. His BBC Radio 4 series The Public Philosopher explores the big ethical issues of our time with audiences around the world. His previous books Justice and What Money Can't Buy were international bestsellers.

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd | Allen Lane
Published
10th September 2020
Pages
288
ISBN
9780241407608

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16 Feb, 2021
It really helped me understand how on earth Trump could have been so successful. Sandel is an excellent writer and makes a very persuasive case.
By Susan
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