Amartya K. Sen: The idea of justice. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2009, 468 pp
Amartya Sen's readers were expecting the second volume of a series of two devoted to rationality, freedom and justice. Surprisingly The Idea of Justice is not exactly the book announced by Sen (2002); it offers a new perspective of Sen's enterprise. Calling economic orthodoxy into question is not enough; Sen envisages calling philosophical orthodoxy into question too. This review essay will focus on four salient points of the book: the partition of the different approaches of justice in two traditions; the concept of "positional objectivity" to serve impartiality; the will to reconcile reason and sentiments; the capability approach as important but not exclusive.
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Volume (Year): 35 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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