Justice and development in Amartya Sen’s though

Vol. 31 No. 3 (2011)

Jul-Sep / 2011
Published July 1, 2011
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How to Cite

Kang, Thomas H. 2011. “Justice and Development in Amartya Sen’s Though”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 31 (3):352-69. https://centrodeeconomiapolitica.org.br/repojs/index.php/journal/article/view/408.

Justice and development in Amartya Sen’s though

Thomas H. Kang
Professor da Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM Sul) e professor do Departamento de Ciências Econômicas da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 31 No. 3 (2011), Jul-Sep / 2011, Pages 352-369


This article aims to present an overview of Amartya Sen’s thought, relating to his writings on political philosophy and his contributions to the field of development economics. This paper shows how justice and development are highly related in Sen’s approach based on the concept of capability. Along with this paper, we will present some debates between Sen and John Rawls, beside other critics. This is done to explain the complex theoretical system elaborated by him. In concluding, the paper shows that the objective of Sen is to find a satisfactory concept of development that is explicit in its ethical presumptions.

JEL Classification: O15; I30; B31.

Keywords: justice development Amartya Sen capability approach