Sen on Justice and Rights: A Review Essay


  • This article is based on my presentation at the Seminar on Justice and Health, Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University, December 9 and 10, 2009. I am grateful to Sudhir Anand for inviting me to speak. For comments on the presentation, I am indebted to Amartya Sen and others present at the seminar. I am grateful for comments on earlier written drafts of this article to Thomas Pogge, Jennifer Prah Ruger, and those attending their class at Yale University on February 22, 2010. I received helpful suggestions as well from the Editors of Philosophy & Public Affairs. This article may be considered a companion piece to my discussion of Ronald Dworkin's theory of rights as presented in his Justice for Hedgehogs (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010). That article, “What Ethical Responsibility Cannot Justify,” appears in the Boston University Law Review 90, no. 2 (April 2010): 691–714.