Amartya Sen’s idea of justice, and its relations with John Rawls and Adam Smith

Dağ, Umut
The aim of this thesis is to examine Amartya Sen s idea of justice and its relation to John Rawls and Adam Smith. Amartya Sen s idea of justice could be seen as a critique of Rawls theory of justice as well as a proposal of a new approach instead. Sen s critique of Rawls theory of justice is basically based on the critique of transcendental institutionalism. Instead Sen offers the realization focused comparison as an alternative for the idea of justice. To explicate this alternative approach Sen introduces Adam Smith s impartial spectator. Sen believes that Adam Smith s impartial spectator plays an essential role in deciding for the standards of justice.


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U. Dağ, “Amartya Sen’s idea of justice, and its relations with John Rawls and Adam Smith,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.