The Idea of Justice

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Harvard University Press, Sep 30, 2009 - Philosophy - 496 pages
Social justice: an ideal, forever beyond our grasp; or one of many practical possibilities? More than a matter of intellectual discourse, the idea of justice plays a real role in how - and how well - people live. And in this book the distinguished scholar Amartya Sen offers a powerful critique of the theory of social justice that, in its grip on social and political thinking, has long left practical realities far behind.
 

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Giving it one star for attacking Rousseau's 'social contract' theory of justice. I couldn't go past a few pages but it seems Sen considers justice unattainable through collectively willed laws, but ... Read full review

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Before I bought the book I thought that some parts of it could be a difficult read for someone who is not well versed in political theory, philosophy of justice and social choice theory ... Read full review

Contents

An Approach to Justice
1
The Demands of Justice
29
Forms of Reasoning
153
The Materials of Justice
223
Public Reasoning and Democracy
319

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Amartya Sen, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics, is Lamont University Professor, Harvard University .

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