Inequality Reexamined

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - Law - 207 pages
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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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User Review  - Eliza Wojciechowska - Goodreads

A very detailed book which resembles kind of an introduction to the study about inequality. In my opinion its aim is to inform about social inequality, especially those who are struggling to ... Read full review

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User 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

Contents

Questions and Themes
1
EQUALITY OF WHAT?
12
FREEDOM ACHIEVEMENT AND RESOURCES
31
FUNCTIONINGS AND CAPABILITY
39
FREEDOM AGENCY AND WELLBEING
56
JUSTICE AND CAPABILITY
73
WELFARE ECONOMICS AND INEQUALITY
88
POVERTY AND AFFLUENCE
102
CLASS GENDER AND OTHER GROUPS
117
THE DEMANDS OF EQUALITY
129
References
153
Index of Names
199
Index of Subjects
205
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About the author (1995)

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

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