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Single Idea 20986

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 4. Citizenship]

Full Idea

A person's voice may count either because her interests are involved, or because he reasoning and judgement can enlighten a discussion.

Gist of Idea

A person's voice may count because of their interests, or because of their good sense


Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice [2009], 04 'Diversity')

Book Reference

Sen, Amartya: 'The Idea of Justice' [Penguin 2010], p.108

A Reaction

Good. Inarticulate people may have strong interests, and articulate and helpful people may be wholly disinterested. But people may have unworthy interests, and may be articulate but not sensible.