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By Mahasweta Chaudhury

Dr Chaudhury is anxious to guard what's accountable and hopeful in modern ecological pondering, yet to prevent the catch of denying that any optimistic contribution might be made by means of western technology and expertise. serious rationalists do not have to consider her feedback and proposals with a view to welcome her positioning of environmental concerns along the conventional human and political debates approximately freedom. The Indian viewpoint that informs this ebook is very remarkable and engaging. David Miller (University of Warwick) Professor Mahasweta Chaudhury is Professor for Philosophy at Calcutta collage in India. within the overdue sixties she studied on the London institution of Economics lower than Karl Popper, John Watkins, Alan Musgrave and Imre Lakatos.

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It asserts8 that equality is preferable in its own right and more importantly existing inequalities stand in the way of human self-realization and autonomy. Equality in this sense is a positive concept; it brings about “human flourishing”. It is a positive concept (somewhat similar to the positive concept of freedom) in the sense that it entails not only the absence of constraints upon what one desires but further, the incorporation of a moral ideal. The ideal is the vision of a just society in which people are encouraged to pursue intellectual aesthetic and physical activities for their own sake within a co-operative, humane and unselfish framework .

Rawls thinks that he would primarily seek the good of protecting his liberty. Interference is not justifiable by an appeal to countervailing demands to ameliorate poverty or to enforce a more egalitarian distribution of goods. But equality also is important for Rawls who labels it as the Principle of Difference; a rational man (though with a “veil of ignorance” about his fate in future) would not take any risk with his own future prospects. He would opt for a form of society in which even if he occupies the lowest rank, would be better off than alternative societies.

43 Taking trends as laws is “absolutist” move in Popper’s terminology. Indeed Mill gives this impression because his use of ‘empirical laws’ is quite indeterminate ranging from genuine low-level laws to descriptions of observed uniformities. It is unfortunate that Mill’s phrases are not very precise, but he is aware that trends or statements of observed facts need initial conditions to have predictive value. But as I mentioned earlier, the existence of a trend or a tradition, in his view is a guidance to understand future social phenomena, although it is short of the status of law, which only can have predictive power.

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