What it means to be human

Do you agree with this? Don’t other species also have to respond to the circumstances around them, including being chased by humans, having been born in a zoo or as part of the pet trade or to droughts and food shortages, as well as the fact that humans take up more and more of their natural habitat and force them to live in our built environment?

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Legal concepts

Harvard’s Michael Sandel gives a brilliant introduction to what justice means in his book “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?”

The material is also available on DVD as a series of lively lectures and discussions. See http://www.justiceharvard.org/ as well.

Contrary to what you might expect, it entails the evaluation of various philosophical concepts, across cultures and country borders. Why is something right? Why is something else wrong? What changes if the circumstances are slightly different?