A Sen and Free Agency

Neoliberals take “free agency” to entail the elimination of public interference in private affairs. A Sen refigures “free agency” in the light cast on human action by classical religious and philosophical traditions, both Indian and Greek, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Christian. Sen invites us to reflect on the substantive conditions that make for substantive freedoms. Free agency from this perspective may then entail public action to create, expand and protect the freedoms that ought to be development’s goal.

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