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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2020, Vol. 15 Issue (2) : 315-329
From Primary Goods to Capability
LI Xianjing()
Department of Philosophy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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While being generally appreciative of John Rawls’ theory of justice, this paper aims to describe and compare the two metrics of justice—primary goods and capability, and through critiques and responses between Amartya Sen and John Rawls, I argue that the capability metric is a better project than the social primary goods metric insofar as it can provide a more practical path for rethinking the concept of social justice, as well as a better approach in resolving fundamental social justice issues in China.

Keywords capability      primary goods      Amartya Sen      John Rawls      social justice     
Issue Date: 09 July 2020
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LI Xianjing. From Primary Goods to Capability[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2020, 15(2): 315-329.
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