This book brings together and develops some of the most important economic, social, and ethical ideas Sen has explored over the last two decades. It examines the claims of equality in social arrangements, stressing that we should be concerned with people's capabilities rather than either their resources or their welfare. Sen also looks at some types of inequality that have been less systematically studied than those of class or wealth.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - James.Igoe - LibraryThing
The most basic idea, that one person's equality is another's inequality, is explored in detail. Sen illuminates many of the flaws in standard economic thinking, and how the philosophical underpinnings of economics guide and distort economic reasoning. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - vegetarian - LibraryThing
Really luscious and lucid argument: Everyone who theorizes about this is egalitarian in the sense that s/he wants equality of something, but what IS that 'something'? Read full review
1 EQUALITY OF WHAT?
2 FREEDOM ACHIEVEMENT AND RESOURCES
3 FUNCTIONINGS AND CAPABILITY
4 FREEDOM AGENCY AND WELLBEING
5 JUSTICE AND CAPABILITY
6 WELFARE ECONOMICS AND INEQUALITY
7 POVERTY AND AFFLUENCE