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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - James.Igoe - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vegetarian - LibraryThing
Really luscious and lucid argument: Everyone who theorizes about this is egalitarian in the sense that s/he wants equality of something, but what IS that 'something'? 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