The Idea of Justice
16 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 11, 2012
This is a critical notice of Amartya Sen's 2009 book The Idea of Justice. As well as conveying the flavor of the book, I try to untangle two different interpretations of Sen's central contrast between 'transcendental institutionalists' and 'realization-focused comparativists'. I also raise some doubts about Sen's conceptualization of his project: is the book really about justice at all?
Keywords: Amartya Sen, John Rawls, justice, value-pluralism, idealism, perfectionism
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