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OU on the BBC: Justice: A Citizen's Guide To The 21st Century

Updated Sunday, 1st July 2012

Michael Sandel explores justice from a philosophical angle - are there absolute rights and wrongs, and what can Bentham, Kant and Aristotle teach us?

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In this specially commissioned documentary Michael Sandel looks at the philosophy of justice.

Is it acceptable to torture a terrorist in order to discover where a bomb has been hidden? Should wearing the Burka in public be banned in Europe, if the majority of citzens disapprove?

Should beggars be cleared off the streets of London? Harvard professor Michael Sandel, goes in search of Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant and Aristotle, three philosophers whose ideas inform much contemporary thinking on justice, and tests their theories against a range of contemporary problems.

Filmed in Berlin, Boston, Athens and London, this thought provoking film includes interviews with the world's great philosophers, modern day politicians and thinkers from all around the globe.

This programme can be first seen on BBC Four at 9pm, Monday 24th January 2011. For further broadcast details, and to watch online where available, please visit

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