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The Idea of Justice

LSE Space for Thought lecture series

Amartya Sen explores the ways in which, and the degree to which, justice is a matter of reason, and of different kinds of reason. It is in the nature of reason, says Sen, that it does not allow all questions to be settled from first principles; not everything is in principle resolvable; and different people regard different positions as just. But these pluralities are not a disadvantage. Why this is so, and how we may think about justice in a world where one tradition is no longer dominant. Sen's work is grounded not in idealised justice, but what can be made to work practically, in the real world. He argues that a philosophy of justice should require the agreement not just of the community which is making the laws, but of important outsiders also.

This event marks the launch of Professor Sen's new book The Idea of Justice.

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard and an honorary fellow of LSE.. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1998-2004. His books include Development of Freedom (OUP), The Argumentative Indian (Allen Lane/Penguin) and Identity and Violence (Allen Lane/Penguin), and have been translated into more than thirty languages.


Professor Amartya Sen | talks
Chair: Howard Davies | talks


Date and Time:

27 July 2009 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Sheikh Zayed Theatre, London School of Economics
New Academic Building
Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Organised by:

London School of Economics & Political Science
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