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Ideas of Amartya Sen, by Text

[Indian, b.1933, Professor at Harvard University]

2009 The Idea of Justice
Intro 'Classical' p.21 You don't need a complete theory of justice to see that slavery is wrong
Pref 'Public' p.-16 Democracy needs more than some institutions; diverse sections of the people must be heard
Pref 'What' p.-20 Practical justice concerns not only ideals, but ways to achieve them
01 'Adam' p.45 In politics and ethics, scrutiny from different perspectives is essential for objectivity
01 'Critique' p.36 What justifies reliance on reason? Is it just a tool? Why is it better than blind belief?
01.4 p.17 The original position insures that the agreements reached are fair
02 'Relevance' p.71 A social contract limits the pursuit of justice to members of a single society
03 'Institutions' p.82 Our institutions should promote justice, rather than embodying it
04 'Diversity' p.108 A person's voice may count because of their interests, or because of their good sense
06 'Exclusionary' p.144 Freedom from torture or terrorist attacks is independent of citizenship
06 'Original' p.128 The veil of ignorance encourages neutral interests, but not a wider view of values
08 'Rational' n p.180 Rationality is conformity to reasons that can be sustained even after scrutiny
11 'Sustainable' p.248 Eradicating smallpox does not impoverish nature
12 'Disability' p.259 We must focus on removing manifest injustice, not just try to design a perfect society
13 'Well-being' p.287 Capabilities are part of freedom, involving real opportunities
14 'Capability' p.309 Freedom can involve capabilities, independence and non-interference
14 'Equality' p.293 The need for equality among people arises from impartiality and objectivity
14 Intro p.291 All modern theories of justice demand equality of something
15 'Content' p.324 Democracy as 'government by discussion' now has wide support
15 'Content' p.326 If justice needs public reasoning, which needs democracy, then justice and democracy are linked
16 'Famine' p.342 Famines tend to be caused by authoritarian rule
16 'Minority' p.352 Effective democracy needs tolerant values
17 'Scrutiny' p.387 A human right is not plausible if public scrutiny might reject it