Rights and Well-Being in Amartya Sen’s Value Theory

  title={Rights and Well-Being in Amartya Sen’s Value Theory},
  author={Jeffrey Spring},
  journal={The Journal of Value Inquiry},
  • Jeffrey Spring
  • Published 23 February 2011
  • Philosophy
  • The Journal of Value Inquiry
Surprisingly little has been written on the apparent connection between rights and well-being. While philosophers such as Amartya Sen, James Griffin, and L. W. Sumner have written extensively on rights and on well-being, the nature of the relationship between rights and well-being remains largely implicit in their works. We will consider the connection by exploring how rights connect to wellbeing in Sen’s value theory. Looking at well-being through the lens of rights can help us address… 

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