Friday, March 4, 2011

On Amartya Sen's "Development as Freedom"

“Development as freedom,” in the work of Amartya Sen, means that the achievement of human well-being is “commensurate to the amount of freedom people do enjoy”. The lack thereof, due to cultural or political impediments, most especially among women, curtails the very meaning of life. But what is the meaning of human life? Crucial to the answer of this question, I think, is to be able to consider in the first place, why one asks such a question. The question is asked not because there are ends that human beings desire. The question is posed because without this question, the ends with which we position ourselves don’t have any meaning at all.