Backing away from Equality

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In his early work in political philosophy, Amartya Sen advanced an interesting and provocative thesis - the egalitarian thesis. This is the claim that every conception of social justice that has received support in recent times is egalitarian. This paper argues that Sen's account of capabilities and his more recent critique of transcendental justice have implications for the truth of the egalitarian thesis. It also discusses how the rejection of the egalitarian thesis bears on the larger, and more general, issue of the overall plausibility of egalitarian conceptions of social justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-105
Number of pages10
JournalCriminal Justice Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Capabilities
  • Equality
  • Justice
  • Non-ideal theory
  • Pluralism
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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