Harvard Professor of Government Michael Sandel is one of America's foremost political and moral thinkers. His new book, The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering, argues that the pursuit of perfection through genetic "enhancement" represents a bid for mastery and dominion that could profoundly undermine values of equality, democracy and community.
Sandel is widely known for examining the impoverished vision of citizenship and the common good resulting from market dynamics and "procedural liberalism." The Case Against Perfection extends this analysis to the controversial issues raised by the new human genetic technologies.
For readers in northern California: CGS is hosting a public event with Michael Sandel on Monday, May 7, in Berkeley at 4:30 p.m. Sandel will also be speaking at Stanford University on Monday, May 7 at 12:00 noon.