A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THEORIZING ABOUT JUSTICE? A CRITIQUE OF SEN

@article{Valentini2011APS,
  title={A PARADIGM SHIFT IN THEORIZING ABOUT JUSTICE? A CRITIQUE OF SEN},
  author={Laura Valentini},
  journal={Economics and Philosophy},
  year={2011},
  volume={27},
  pages={297 - 315}
}
  • L. Valentini
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Philosophy, Law
  • Economics and Philosophy
In his recent book The Idea of Justice, Amartya Sen suggests that political philosophy should move beyond the dominant, Rawls-inspired, methodological paradigm – what Sen calls ‘transcendental institutionalism’ – towards a more practically oriented approach to justice: ‘realization-focused comparison’. In this article, I argue that Sen's call for a paradigm shift in thinking about justice is unwarranted. I show that his criticisms of the Rawlsian approach are either based on misunderstandings… 
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