amartya sen on the idea of justice

Amartya Sen’s book The Idea of Justice (Harvard, 2009) is easily one of the best books I have read over the last couple years. Genius. The topics discussed in the book include social welfare, choice and comparative institutions, governance, philosophy, justice and equity, ethics.  Here Sen gives the cliff notes at the Common Wealth Club of California (Feb 2010):

Written by teppo

December 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm

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  1. I’m teaching a course next fall (Fall 2011) that will compare Sen’s work with the tradition of Frank Knight, John Rawls, Jim Buchanan and F.A. Hayek. Senior seminar entitled “Freedom, Justice & Constitutionalism.” This video will be a useful resource to students! Thanks!


    Ross Emmett

    December 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm

  2. Arguments for Rawls’s classic Theory of Justice apparently were introduced/developed in a joint graduate seminar that Rawls, Sen and Arrow co-taught in 1967. That must have been some seminar. I imagine similar things happened at Carnegie around the same time: Williamson, Simon, March, etc.



    December 22, 2010 at 11:10 pm

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