New PDF release: Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya

By Kaushik Basu, Ravi Kanbur

ISBN-10: 0199239118

ISBN-13: 9780199239115

Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the tutorial disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences extra extensively. He has engaged in coverage discussion and public debate, advancing the reason for a human improvement concentrated coverage schedule, and a tolerant and democratic polity. This argumentative Indian has made the case for the poorest of the bad, and for plurality in cultural viewpoint. it isn't awesome that he has received the top awards, starting from the Nobel Prize in Economics to the Bharat Ratna, India's maximum civilian honor. This public reputation has long past hand in hand with the love and admiration that Amartya's pals and scholars carry for him. This quantity of essays, written in honor of his seventy fifth birthday by way of his scholars and friends, covers the diversity of contributions that Sen has made to wisdom. they're written through the various world's prime economists, philosophers and social scientists, and deal with subject matters comparable to ethics, welfare economics, poverty, gender, human improvement, society and politics. the second one quantity covers the subjects of Human improvement and functions; Gender and family; development, Poverty and coverage; and Society, Politics and historical past. it's a becoming tribute to Sen's personal contributions to the discourse on Society, associations and Development.Contributors comprise: Bina Agarwal, Isher Ahluwalia, Montek S Ahluwalia, Ingela Alger, Muhammad Asali, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Pranab Bardhan, Lourdes Bener?a, Sugata Bose, Lincoln C. Chen, Martha regulate Chen, Kanchan Chopra, Simon Dietz, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Jonathan Glover, Cameron Hepburn, Jane Humphries, Rizwanul Islam, Ayesha Jalal, Mary Kaldor, Sunil Khilnani, Stephan Klasen, Jocelyn Kynch, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Kirsty McNay, Martha C. Nussbaum, Elinor Ostrom, Gustav Ranis, Sanjay G. Reddy, Emma Samman, Rehman Sobhan, Robert M. Solow, Nicholas Stern, Frances Stewart, Ashutosh Varshney, Sujata Visaria, and J?rgen W. Weibull.

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Insofar as people value this freedom to choose, and not just the actual level of achievement, well-being can be said to reside in one’s capability and not in functioning. The concept of capability thus emerges as the relevant space for the purpose of evaluating the well-being of people under alternative states of affairs. Sen argues, however, that in many contexts the space of outcome may have to be broadened even further to include what he calls “agency considerations” in addition to considerations of well-being.

One way of looking at the contrast between Rawls and Sen is to note the existence of two kinds of pluralities—plural values on the one hand and plural efficiency of converting goods into freedoms on the other. Rawls’s focus on primary goods solves the problem of plural values, but ignores the problem of plural efficiency, whereas Sen’s focus on capability or freedom deals successfully with both kinds of plurality at the same time. With this insistence on freedom as the relevant space for social evaluation, Sen’s two lines of departure from welfarism finally converged.

Rawls was concerned with principles of fairness in a “liberal” society that respected plurality of values. In such a society, different individuals will be expected to pursue different ends in keeping with their respective value systems, or what Rawls called their “comprehensive doctrine of the good”. Since their achievements will be shaped as much by their respective values as by their possession of primary goods, respect for plural values demands that we should not pass judgement on the relative goodness of their achievements.

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