Tripped over him while looking up something else about 20 minutes ago – fell in love within 5 minutes of what I read. Now I’m watching /listening to: https://www.dw.com/en/amartya-sen-i-am-worried-about-the-future-of-secularism-in-india/av-54600746?fbclid=IwAR3DSYSq87vdAtPNOEWzuyLPazHlRAwh4Y5TqOFy5_XUqSsDQeib4-OLCl0 from two weeks ago to get a sense of the man from his own mouth and recently to see how I feel.
I’ve never had a favorite economist because they all get it wrong. Maybe this guy will get it right.
Human Rights and Capabilities
Amartya Sen 17 Aug 2006
“The two concepts — human rights and capabilities — go well with each other, so long as we do not try to subsume either concept entirely within the territory of the other. There are many human rights that can be seen as rights to particular capabilities. However, human rights to important process freedoms cannot be adequately analysed within the capability framework. Furthermore, both human rights and capabilities have to depend on the process of public reasoning. The methodology of public scrutiny draws on Rawlsian understanding of ‘objectivity’ in ethics, but the impartiality that is needed cannot be confined within the borders of a nation. Public reasoning without territorial confinement is important for both.”