Monday, June 18, 2012

John Gardner reviews Amartya Sen

John Gardner (Oxford) has posted a new paper on SSRN:

"The Idea of Justice"

This is a critical notice of Amartya Sen's 2009 book The Idea of Justice. As well as conveying the flavor of the book, I try to untangle two different interpretations of Sen's central contrast between 'transcendental institutionalists' and 'realization-focused comparativists'. I also raise some doubts about Sen's conceptualization of his project: is the book really about justice at all?

John Gardner is Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford.