Thursday, 2 February 2012
Objective Proficiency p 125. Should We Bribe People to Be Healthy? Extra Listening
The eminent Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel brings his trademark style to a discussion on a current issue, questioning the thinking underlying a current controversy. In this programme, he takes a provocative look at the controversial subject of incentivising good health.
Michael Sandel has been enthralling students at Harvard for years. These discussions are challenging, outspoken and interactive.
Sandel turns his attention to health and ponders whether the present constraints on the NHS leave us with no choice but to bribe people to be healthy. Profound moral questions lie behind paying people to lose weight, quit smoking or abandon alcohol. Michael Sandel weaves through these issues with the help of philosophers past and present.
You can also listen to the same discussion on a BBC Radio 4 programme called The Public Philosopher: Should We Bribe People to Be Healthy?