I brought Michael Sandel's Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? some time back, because his Harvard lecture series is super-popular on the Chinese internet. And it was ... dull. Not bad, or objectionable, just dull, like listening to a Unitarian sermon. Anyway, I quit about a third of the way in, and had no great plans to go back.
And we've got an interview with him today which is, again, almost mind-numbingly dull. (Apparently people in material societies discover that material things aren't enough for happiness, and then begin to ask the reason why, shockingly.) So what is it about this guy? Is he a really good lecturer, or something? Or do the lectures appeal to the Chinese audience exactly because they deal with very basic issues, of a type that Chinese schools don't touch.