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Single Idea 20997

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 1. Grounds of equality]

Full Idea

The demand for seeing people as equals (in some important perspective) relates to the normative demand for impartiality, and the related claims of objectivity.

Gist of Idea

The need for equality among people arises from impartiality and objectivity


Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice [2009], 14 'Equality')

Book Reference

Sen, Amartya: 'The Idea of Justice' [Penguin 2010], p.293

A Reaction

Either impartiality already contains (analytically) the concept of equality, or the principle of sufficient reason must be invoked. True impartiality removes any reason for preferring one person to another. But what if preference is 'to my taste'?