Asian Philosophy 22 (1):63-74 (2012)

Authors
Joshua Anderson
Virginia State University
Abstract
In The Idea of Justice, Amartya Sen, among other things, discusses certain qualities any adequate theory of justice ought to incorporate. Two important qualities a theory of justice should account for are impartiality/objectivity and sensitivity to consequences. In order to motivate his discussion of sensitivity to consequences, Sen discusses the debate between Krishna and Arjuna from the religio-philosophical Hindu text the Bhagavad Gita. According to Sen, Arjuna represents a sensitivity to consequences while Krishna is an archetypal deontologist. In this paper it will be argued that Sen's interpretation of the Gita is inaccurate. Further, a more adequate interpretation will be presented. What will be of significance is that the more adequate interpretation actually demonstrates the importance of an impartial spectator in moral reasoning. Finally, there will be a discussion of some lessons that can be taken from the Gita regarding justice generally
Keywords Amartya Sen  Justice  Bhagavad Gita
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1080/09552367.2012.664879
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Idea of Justice.Amartya Kumar Sen - 2009 - Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Consequential Evaluation and Practical Reason.Amartya Sen - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (9):477-502.
Consequential Evaluation and Practical Reason.Amartya Sen - 2000 - Journal of Philosophy 97 (9):477.
The Bhagavad Gītā on War and Peace.K. N. Upadhyaya - 1969 - Philosophy East and West 19 (2):159-169.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Bhagavadgītā, Sen, and Anderson.J. M. Fritzman - 2015 - Asian Philosophy 25 (4):319-338.
The Bhagavad Gita's Ethical Syncretism.Roopen Majithia - 2015 - Comparative Philosophy 6 (1).

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Idea of Justice.Amartya Kumar Sen - 2009 - Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
The Aim of a Theory of Justice.Martijn Boot - 2012 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (1):7-21.
Against Sen Against Rawls On Justice.Evan Riley - 2011 - Indian Journal of Human Development 5 (1):211-221.
Sen, Sraffa and the Revival of Classical Political Economy.Nuno Ornelas Martins - 2012 - Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (2):143 - 157.
The Deliberative Democrat’s Idea of Justice.John S. Dryzek - 2013 - European Journal of Political Theory 12 (4):329-346.
Backing Away From Equality.Steven Wall - 2012 - Criminal Justice Ethics 31 (2):96-105.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2012-04-11

Total views
977 ( #5,785 of 2,463,158 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
102 ( #6,482 of 2,463,158 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes