Sen's The Idea of Justice: Back to the (Pragmatic) Future

Contemporary Pragmatism 7 (2):219-229 (2010)
Sen argues that Rawls’ political theory suffers from the flaw of “institutional fundamentalism.” In response, he develops an alternate theory of justice that does not rely upon contractarian premises. I argue that Sen’s theory largely maps on to the insights of classic pragmatist thought. Further, the pragmatic tradition can help critique and supplement Sen’s project.
Keywords Theories of Justice  Economics  Pragmatism
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