Why Justice? Which Justice? Impartiality or Objectivity?
By Douglas J. Den Uyl
Douglas B. Rasmussen

This article appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of The Independent Review


Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen has written one of the most highly acclaimed works of political philosophy since John Rawls’s famous treatise. In The Idea of Justice (2009), Sen attempts to derive the norms of a just political-legal order, but this effort is undermined by his confusion of impartiality with ethical objectivity.

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