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.
Questions and Themes
EQUALITY OF WHAT?
FREEDOM ACHIEVEMENT AND RESOURCES
FUNCTIONINGS AND CAPABILITY
FREEDOM AGENCY AND WELLBEING
JUSTICE AND CAPABILITY
WELFARE ECONOMICS AND INEQUALITY
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