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An exploration of what justice means and should be vs our current model. The reader is cajoled to critically look at the current judicial and social system. In Sen’s ideal state justice and perfect order should be free from the domination of the will of the majority and one that is inclusive, non-parochial and humane therefore taking a world view into account.
Reference is given to Gautama’s exposure to “mortality, morbidity and disability, which agitated him greatly.” and the traditional Indian perspective of “nyaya” (Justice) which is basically where his ideal state is based in contrast to ‘niti” (rules).
Reference is given to Hobbes showing where the lives of people are “nasty brutish and short” and Dickens “In this little world in which children have their existence there is nothing so finely perceived and finely felt as injustice.”
Sen says, “What moves us, reasonably enough, is not the realisation that the world falls short of being completely just, which few of us expect, but that there are clearly remediable injustices around us which we want to eliminate.”
The book is in four segments – The Demands of Justice, Forms of Reasoning, Materials of Justice and Public Reasoning and Democracy.
This major philosophical work not based on abstract ideals or notions of what perfect institutions and rules might be, but from what the results of a system are practically, in the world. The importance of public reasoning and argues that a system of justice should require the agreement not just of the community which is making laws, but of outsiders who might be affected, or who might have valuable perspectives to offer. The methods and conclusions of the book can be used for many levels of intellectual activity not only those connected with justice. Probably the most ambitious work of Sen to date.
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Review: The Idea Of JusticeUser Review - Avin - Goodreads
deeply insightful & thought provoking.. my idea of social justice & political science changed a hell lot after reading this masterpiece :-) Read full review
Review: The Idea Of JusticeUser Review - Brian - Goodreads
Amartya Sen has written a brilliant, thought provoking masterpiece on ethics that crystallizes the great questions of our times. I've long been influenced by John Rawls's [i]Theory of Justice[/i], yet ... Read full review
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I must say very few people are able to understand the truth inside the truth of the book. Their are two layers of book. One that is sufficient to explain the summary of the book and second that ... Read full review
Review: The Idea Of JusticeUser Review - Tyler - Goodreads
I agree with Sen's argument that justice is best considered with respect to what actually happens in the world as opposed to some idealized conception of justice on a chalk board in an ivory tower. I ... Read full review
Review: The Idea Of JusticeUser Review - Billie Pritchett - Goodreads
Amartya Sen's proposal for justice is pretty commonsensical. Reading it reminded me of that moment when someone says something so self-evident, you smack your forehead and wonder why you didn't think ... Read full review
Review: The Idea Of JusticeUser Review - Mitch - Goodreads
This book is a most impressive achievement. Though it is lovingly dedicated to the memory of John Rawls I believe it to be far better than the overrated Rawls' Theory Of Justice. I had long longed for ... Read full review