In this deft analysis, Amartya Sen argues that the dictum "all men are created equal" serves largely to deflect attention from the fact that we differ in age, gender, talents, physical abilities as well as in material advantages and social background. He argues for concentrating on higher and more basic values: individual capabilities and freedom to achieve objectives.
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Review: Inequality ReexaminedUser Review - James Igoe - Goodreads
The most basic idea, that one person's equality is another's inequality, is explored in detail. Sen illuminates many of the flaws in standard economic thinking, and how the philosophical underpinnings of economics guide and distort economic reasoning. Read full review
Review: Inequality ReexaminedUser Review - Matt Nolan - Goodreads
Really good book that articulated the idea of capabilities and functionings really clearly - and provided plenty of outside references for people who want to dig into more detail. For a summary type ... Read full review
Questions and Themes
EQUALITY OF WHAT?
FREEDOM ACHIEVEMENT AND RESOURCES
FUNCTIONINGS AND CAPABILITY
FREEDOM AGENCY AND WELLBEING
JUSTICE AND CAPABILITY
WELFARE ECONOMICS AND INEQUALITY