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Transcendental vs. Comparative approaches to justice : a reappraisal of Sen's dichotomy

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In "The Idea of Justice", Sen describes two competing approaches to theorising about justice: “transcendental institutionalism”, in which he includes Rawls, and “realisation-focused comparison”, in which he includes Condorcet and himself. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate that a comparative approach cannot exist without a transcendental dimension. Contrary to Sen, who claims that a transcendental theory is neither necessary nor sufficient in order to frame comparative judgments, it is shown that a transcendental dimension is a necessary, albeit not sufficient, condition of any comparative approach. To illustrate our thesis, we refer to the works of three great authors: Condorcet, Sen himself and the later Rawls.

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hal-01721875 , version 1 (02-03-2018)

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Ragip Ege, Herrade Igersheim, Charlotte Le Chapelain. Transcendental vs. Comparative approaches to justice : a reappraisal of Sen's dichotomy. European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2016, 23 (4), pp.521 - 543. ⟨10.1080/09672567.2014.916734⟩. ⟨hal-01721875⟩
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