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The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen (2009)

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Is justice an ideal, forever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives?In this wide-ranging book, Amartya Sen presents an alternative approach to mainstream theories of justice which, despite their many specific achievements have taken us, he argues, in the wrong direction in general
.At the heart of Sen's argument is his insistence on the role of public reason in establishing what can make societies less unjust. But it is in the nature of reasoning about justice, argues Sen, that it does not allow all questions to be settled even in theory; there are choices to be faced between alternative assessments of what is reasonable; several different and competing positions can each be well-defended.Far from rejecting such pluralities or trying to reduce them beyond the limits of reasoning, we should make use of them to construct a theory of justice that can absorb divergent points of view.
Sen also shows how concern about the principles of justice in the modern world must avoid parochialism, and further, address questions of global injustice. The breadth of vision, intellectual acuity and striking humanity of one of the world's leading public intellectuals have never been more clearly shown than in this remarkable book.
White dust jacket with black and red lettering ,black cover with silver lettering on spine. In excellent condition throughout

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Author(s):
Sen Amartya
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
24cm x 16cm x 4cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1846141478
ISBN-13:
9781846141478
Number of pages:
467
Publisher:
Allen Lane
Title:
The Idea of Justice

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Is justice an ideal, forever beyond our grasp, or something that may actually guide our practical decisions and enhance our lives?In this wide-ranging book, Amartya Sen presents an alternative approach to mainstream theories of justice which, despite their many specific achievements have taken us, he argues, in the wrong direction in general
.At the heart of Sen's argument is his insistence on the role of public reason in establishing what can make societies less unjust. But it is in the nature of reasoning about justice, argues Sen, that it does not allow all questions to be settled even in theory; there are choices to be faced between alternative assessments of what is reasonable; several different and competing positions can each be well-defended.Far from rejecting such pluralities or trying to reduce them beyond the limits of reasoning, we should make use of them to construct a theory of justice that can absorb divergent points of view.
Sen also shows how concern about the principles of justice in the modern world must avoid parochialism, and further, address questions of global injustice. The breadth of vision, intellectual acuity and striking humanity of one of the world's leading public intellectuals have never been more clearly shown than in this remarkable book.
White dust jacket with black and red lettering ,black cover with silver lettering on spine. In excellent condition throughout

Author(s):
Sen Amartya
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
24cm x 16cm x 4cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1846141478
ISBN-13:
9781846141478
Number of pages:
467
Publisher:
Allen Lane
Title:
The Idea of Justice

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