Why Justice? Which Justice? Impartiality or Objectivity?
By Douglas B. Rasmussen, Douglas J. Den Uyl
This article appeared in the Winter 2012/13 issue of The Independent Review.
Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen has written one of the most highly acclaimed works of political philosophy since John Rawlss 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.
Douglas J. Den Uyl is vice president of educational programs and a senior fellow at the Liberty Fund.