American political philosopher and professor at Harvard University, Michael Sandel, will deliver this year’s Adam Smith Lecture.
Mr Sandel, who teaches political philosophy, has been described in the media as “the most relevant living philosopher” and “the most famous teacher of philosophy in the world”.
His writings have been translated into 24 languages and as delivering the BBC Reith Lectures in 2009, he also presents an ongoing series for BBC Radio 4 called “The Public Philosopher.”
Michael Levack, chairman of the Adam Smith Global Foundation said that attracting someone of Mr Sandel’s standing was a huge boost.
“What a coup it is for the Lang Toun to attract some of Michael’s international standing,” he said.
“Whilst Adam Smith is known the world over we always remind our visitors that nobody can change the place of his birth - that’s why we are able to attract such luminaries as Michael.
“I’m sure it will be a well attended event with something for everyone. I would hope this will be as attractive to school pupils as it is to the man in the street, with something for everyone.
“I expect it will be a well attended event and will be every bit as mesmerising as last years’ lecture from Professor Tom Devine.”
Mr Sandel is a renowned speaker the world over and recently completed a 14-country, five-continent lecture tour to promote his latest book, ‘What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets’, that packed venues such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and an outdoor stadium in Seoul where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.
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The lecture is at Adam Smith Theatre on April 29.