Interrogating the Idea of Justice*

M.V. Nadkarni

in Ethics For Our Times

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198073864
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082162 | DOI:
Interrogating the Idea of Justice*

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This chapter examines the idea of justice in Amartya Sen's book The Idea of Justice. It explains Sen's distinction between niti or behavioural correctness and propriety and nyaya or realized justice. Sen believes that nyaya is the correct approach because it prevents severe instances of injustice or human deprivation. An important lesson from Sen's book is the value of public reasoning to settle disputes, especially regarding approach to justice and mitigating injustice. Sen's book also considers rationality as the basis of justice and freedom as a basic idea of justice.

Keywords: The Idea of Justice; Amartya Sen; niti; nyaya; injustice; human deprivation; public reasoning; rationality

Chapter.  10533 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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