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Re-Theorizing Justice: Some Comments on Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice
Charles W. Mills
In these brief comments, I focus narrowly on the following points in Sen’s critique of Rawls: (i) Sen’s placement of Rousseau and Marx in, respectively, the “transcendental institutionalist” and “realization-focused comparativist” categories, (ii) the need for a discussion on the difference between distributive and corrective justice, which Sen does not address anywhere, and (iii) my suggestion that the Western normative tradition’s failure to deal with racial justice as a central issue is itself a manifestation of its Eurocentrism and racism.

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