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Justice as the Lens: Interrogating Rawls through Sen and Ambedkar
Valerian Rodrigues
Justice as social justice has been a key concern of contemporary political philosophy. The contribution of John Rawls is widely acknowledged as seminal in this regard. Amartya Sen’s The Idea of Justice engages with the Rawlsian project centrally and attempts to tease out an alternative conception of justice. The central preoccupation of B.R. Ambedkar in his writings as well as political practices revolved around justice. This paper, while suggesting that there is a shared ground across them on this concern, focuses on the differences in their respective stances and the extent to which they can be justified.

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