By Kaushik Basu, Ravi Kanbur
Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the educational disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences extra greatly. He has engaged in coverage discussion and public debate, advancing the reason for a human improvement targeted coverage time table, and a tolerant and democratic polity. This argumentative Indian has made the case for the poorest of the bad, and for plurality in cultural viewpoint. it's not impressive that he has gained the top awards, starting from the Nobel Prize in Economics to the Bharat Ratna, India's maximum civilian honor. This public reputation has long past hand in hand with the love and admiration that Amartya's pals and scholars carry for him.
This quantity of essays, written in honor of his seventy fifth birthday by means of his scholars and friends, covers the diversity of contributions that Sen has made to wisdom. they're written via a number of the world's top economists, philosophers and social scientists, and deal with themes akin to ethics, welfare economics, poverty, gender, human improvement, society and politics. the second one quantity covers the themes of Human improvement and features; Gender and family; progress, Poverty and coverage; and Society, Politics and historical past. it's a becoming tribute to Sen's personal contributions to the discourse on Society, associations and Development.
Contributors contain: Bina Agarwal, Isher Ahluwalia, Montek S Ahluwalia, Ingela Alger, Muhammad Asali, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Pranab Bardhan, Lourdes Benería, Sugata Bose, Lincoln C. Chen, Martha regulate Chen, Kanchan Chopra, Simon Dietz, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Jonathan Glover, Cameron Hepburn, Jane Humphries, Rizwanul Islam, Ayesha Jalal, Mary Kaldor, Sunil Khilnani, Stephan Klasen, Jocelyn Kynch, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Kirsty McNay, Martha C. Nussbaum, Elinor Ostrom, Gustav Ranis, Sanjay G. Reddy, Emma Samman, Rehman Sobhan, Robert M. Solow, Nicholas Stern, Frances Stewart, Ashutosh Varshney, Sujata Visaria, and Jörgen W. Weibull.
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The concept of capability thus emerges as the relevant space for the purpose of evaluating the well-being of people under alternative states of aﬀairs. Sen argues, however, that in many contexts the space of outcome may have to be broadened even further to include what he calls “agency considerations” in addition to considerations of well-being. This perspective emerges from seeing human beings as socially conscious citizens, who may have many goals in life other than pursuing their own well-being—for example, to uphold the cause of oppressed people, or to help protect the environment.
Next he argues that the good does not consist of virtues either. We require some virtues to pursue the good life successfully but virtue is not suﬃcient. You could be miserable being virtuous if you had no sense of the right track to be on—the track toward happiness (1095b). g. 1095b). I think these positions of Aristotle convey very well his humanist spirit.
In other words, the justness of a social arrangement cannot be judged with reference to individuals’ achievements. According to Rawls, the only way we can evaluate social arrangements in a manner that is consistent with respect for plural values is by looking at the distribution of primary goods. Given their possession of primary goods, individuals are free to decide what goals to pursue in accordance with their 6 This does not mean that agency considerations are altogether irrelevant in these contexts, for agency may actually play a very important instrumental role in aﬀecting well-being.
Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen: Volume I: Ethics, Welfare, and Measurement by Kaushik Basu, Ravi Kanbur