Monthly Archives: June 2010

Theoretical and Applied Ethics (new journal) seeks applicants for editorial board

I’ve received the announcement below through the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics’ listserv. I assume it’s no secret and think it might be of interest to Public Reason members: Theoretical and Applied Ethics (Revised Announcement) The editors of a … Continue reading

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Sen, “The Idea of Justice”, Chapter 18, “Justice and the World”

Sen returns to many of the themes of The Idea of Justice in the final chapter. He begins by noting that people respond to injustice with anger and indignation, but that justice requires reasoned scrutiny of these sentiments (Chapter 1). … Continue reading

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Sen, “The Idea of Justice”, Chapter 17, “Human Rights and Global Imperatives”

In chapter 17, Sen outlines a theory of human rights. He acknowledges that many human rights activists have little patience for philosophical discussions on the nature (and indeed existence) of human rights. He also discusses Jeremy Bentham’s quip that the … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’, Chapter 16, ‘The Practice of Democracy’

This chapter covers three empirical issues relating to democracy: 1) the connection between democracy (or public reasoning—Sen seems to use these terms interchangeably) and famine, 2) the connection between democracy and economic development and 3) the promotion of tolerance toward … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’, Chapter 15, ‘Democracy as Public Reason’

In chapter 15 of The Idea of Justice, “Democracy as Public Reason,” Sen defends the idea that democracy is a universal value. Can democracy flourish outside the west? One reason for thinking it can’t is that it (supposedly) has never … Continue reading

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Sen, ‘The Idea of Justice’, Chapter 14, ‘Equality and Liberty’

Let me first start by apologizing for the late delivery of this comment, which unfortunately messed up Blain Neufeld’s carefully drafted schedule. Apologies to Blain and readers for this. In Chapter 14, Sen elaborates on the relationship between equality and … Continue reading

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