Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel

The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?

Festival of Ideas Online/
Tue 15 September 2020

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Michael Sandel

The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?

Michael Sandel
Tue 15 September 2020,

Online

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We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favour of the already fortunate, social mobility has stalled and we have increasingly come to view the money people make as a sign of their worth. Anger and frustration has fuelled populist protest and extreme polarisation – economic, cultural and political – and has led to deep distrust of both government and our fellow citizens, leaving us unprepared to face the profound challenges of our age.

Philosopher Michael Sandel argues that to overcome the partisan politics of our time, we need to rethink the attitudes towards success and failure that have accompanied globalisation and rising inequality. He offers an alternative way of thinking about success – more attentive to the role of luck, more affirming of the dignity of work, and more hospitable to a politics of the common good. He is in discussion with Andrew Kelly, Director, Festival of Ideas.

This is part of our Future of Democracy series which is taking place all year and will culminate in a constitutional convention, currently scheduled for November 2020.

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The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? is published by Allen Lane. Buy a copy from our bookseller partner Waterstones.

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