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Stalin Had Similar Ideas

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:08:59 -0400

Review of a book by Amartya Sen -
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/book-of-the-week-the-idea-of-justice-by-amartya-sen-1774900.html

"Take three kids and a flute. Anne says the flute should be given to
her because she is the only one who knows how to play it. Bob says the
flute should be handed to him as he is so poor he has no toys to play
with. Carla says the flute is hers because it is the fruit of her own
labour. How do we decide between these three legitimate claims?"

My own answer would be that any "real" situation is more complex,
allowing a mutually-acceptable solution to be negotiated.  Perhaps
that's skipping the real problem, which is on what basis we would
place "value" in those negotiations.  But isn't that the reason for
negotiating - so that each person can use their own value system?

Andrew

Hopelessly Naive

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:45:18 -0400

But my answer doesn't address the case where finite resources are
inequally distributed.

Andrew

Economist Review

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:35:13 -0400

http://www.economist.com/books/displaystory.cfm?story_id=14164449

"Tying the whole together is Mr Sen’s confidence that, though values
are complex, economics provides tools for thinking clearly about
complexity. “The Idea of Justice” is a feast, though perhaps not one
to be consumed at a single sitting."

Andrew

Interview with Amartya Sen

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 14:40:18 -0400

http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/23/amartya-sen-the-idea-of-justice-forbes-india.html

Andrew

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