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Against Injustice
The New Economics of Amartya Sen

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Reiko Gotoh, Paul Dumouchel, Amartya Sen, Philip Pettit, Marcel Hénaff, Martha C. Nussbaum, John Broome, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, Yongsheng Xu, Andrea Brandolini, Flavio Comim, Jean-Luc Dubois
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  • Date Published: December 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521899598

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  • Traditional theories of justice as formulated by political philosophers, jurists and economists have all tended to see injustice as simply a breach of justice, a breakdown of the normal order. Amartya Sen's work acts as a corrective to this tradition by arguing that we can recognise patent injustices, and come to a reasoned agreement about the need to remedy them, without reference to an explicit theory of justice. Against Injustice brings together distinguished academics from a variety of different fields - including economics, law, philosophy and anthropology - to explore the ideas underlying Sen's critique of traditional approaches to injustice. The centrepiece of the book is the first chapter by Sen in which he outlines his conception of the relationship between economics, ethics and law. The rest of the book addresses a variety of theoretical and empirical issues that relate to this conception, concluding with a response from Sen to his critics.

    • Includes the statement by Sen of his conception of the relationship between ethics, economics and law
    • Features contributions from a distinguished team of experts from a variety of different disciplines, including economics, ethics, anthropology and political philosophy
    • Addresses both theoretical underpinnings and empirical applications of Sen's conception of injustice
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    Review of the hardback: 'What is missing in current economics, but takes centre stage in Against Injustice, is Amartya Sen's view that commitment goes beyond sympathetic self-interestedness. Commitment matters, in practical terms, because it binds together organizations and legal systems. It is what makes them work. Since almost all economic activity takes place either within organizations or under the legal system, this book, based as it is on Sen's world view, takes on the most important issues in economics today.' George Akerlof, University of California, Berkeley, and Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521899598
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of contributors
    Introduction Reiko Gotoh and Paul Dumouchel
    Part I:
    1. Economics, law and ethics Amartya Sen
    2. Neorepublicanism and Sen's economic, legal and ethical desiderata Philip Pettit
    3. The Prajâpati test: response to Amartya Sen Marcel Hénaff
    Part II:
    4. The power of a democratic public Philip Pettit
    5. The challenge of gender justice Martha C. Nussbaum
    6. Gift, market, and social justice Marcel Hénaff
    7. Justice and public reciprocity Reiko Gotoh
    8. Reasoning with preferences? John Broome
    9. Conceptions of individual rights and freedom in welfare economics: a re-examination Prasanta K. Pattanaik and Yongsheng Xu
    Part III:
    10. On synthetic indices of multidimensional well-being: health and income inequalities in France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom Andrea Brandolini
    11. Assessing children's capabilities: operationalising metrics for evaluating music programs to poor children in Brazilian primary schools Flavio Comim
    12. The search for socially sustainable development Jean-Luc Dubois
    Part IV:
    13. Response Amartya Sen

  • Editors

    Reiko Gotoh, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto

    Paul Dumouchel, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto


    Reiko Gotoh, Paul Dumouchel, Amartya Sen, Philip Pettit, Marcel Hénaff, Martha C. Nussbaum, John Broome, Prasanta K. Pattanaik, Yongsheng Xu, Andrea Brandolini, Flavio Comim, Jean-Luc Dubois

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