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By Kaushik Basu, Ravi Kanbur

Amartya Sen has made deep and lasting contributions to the educational disciplines of economics, philosophy, and the social sciences extra extensively. He has engaged in coverage discussion and public debate, advancing the reason for a human improvement targeted coverage time table, and a tolerant and democratic polity. This argumentative Indian has made the case for the poorest of the bad, and for plurality in cultural standpoint. it's not mind-blowing that he has received the top awards, starting from the Nobel Prize in Economics to the Bharat Ratna, India's optimum civilian honor. This public popularity has long past hand in hand with the love and admiration that Amartya's pals and scholars carry for him.

This quantity of essays, written in honor of his seventy fifth birthday through his scholars and friends, covers the variety of contributions that Sen has made to wisdom. they're written by means of the various world's top economists, philosophers and social scientists, and tackle issues equivalent to ethics, welfare economics, poverty, gender, human improvement, society and politics. the second one quantity covers the themes of Human improvement and services; Gender and loved ones; development, Poverty and coverage; and Society, Politics and heritage. it's a becoming tribute to Sen's personal contributions to the discourse on Society, associations and Development.

Contributors contain: Bina Agarwal, Isher Ahluwalia, Montek S Ahluwalia, Ingela Alger, Muhammad Asali, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Pranab Bardhan, Lourdes Benería, Sugata Bose, Lincoln C. Chen, Martha adjust Chen, Kanchan Chopra, Simon Dietz, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Jonathan Glover, Cameron Hepburn, Jane Humphries, Rizwanul Islam, Ayesha Jalal, Mary Kaldor, Sunil Khilnani, Stephan Klasen, Jocelyn Kynch, Enrica Chiappero Martinetti, Kirsty McNay, Martha C. Nussbaum, Elinor Ostrom, Gustav Ranis, Sanjay G. Reddy, Emma Samman, Rehman Sobhan, Robert M. Solow, Nicholas Stern, Frances Stewart, Ashutosh Varshney, Sujata Visaria, and Jörgen W. Weibull.

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S. r. osmani I. Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... How does one evaluate the quality of life of an individual or a society? How can one judge the goodness of a social arrangement, or of public policies, rules and institutions, or norms and conventions that affect the lives of the people? A large part of Amartya Sen’s writings—spanning the three disciplines of development economics, social choice theory and moral philosophy—is concerned with seeking answers to these foundational questions.

12 More recently, he has simply used the term “consequential evaluation” to denote the same methodology (Sen 2000), indicating a certain degree of assertiveness in favour of consequences, as opposed to the hint of defensiveness that the earlier terminology seemed to convey. 30 s. r. osmani The first broad theme states that in evaluating any social state of affairs, individual preferences must count, but with several qualifications (Sen 2002b). First, preferences should be broadly defined, to include values (including agency values) and not just self-centered interests of individuals.

In doing this evaluation, it may even be possible to attach an additional weight to negative freedom on the ground that its violation involves a moral failure on the part of some agent in a way that the failure of positive freedom might not (see Sen 1985a). For example, a state of affairs in which poor peasants are starving because their tyrannical landlord has unfairly evicted them from the land may be judged worse than an alternative situation in which the peasants are starving to the same extent but because they have lost their land through river erosion.

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