07/21/2011 03:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stephen Colbert Talks Philosophy With Harvard Professor Michael Sandel (VIDEO)

Things got academic on Wednesday night's Colbert Report, as the funnyman interviewed Harvard professor Michael Sandel -- or maybe it was the other way around.

Sandel, a political and moral philosophy expert, began the segment by asking Colbert if it was fair that Yankees player Alex Rodriguez makes $25 million per year while the average schoolteacher makes $45,000.

"What is the teacher's batting average?" Colbert retorted.

The two went onto discuss moral reasoning, Asia and cannibalism.

Watch the entire hilariously philosophical discussion below.