The right not to be hungry

  • Amartya Sen
Part of the International Institute of Philosophy / Institut International de Philosophie book series (COPH, volume 2)


Do people have a right to be free from hunger? This is asserted often enough, but what does it stand for? It is, of course, tempting to say: Nothing at all. But that piece of sophisticated cynicism provides not so much a penetrating insight into the practical affairs of the world, but merely a refusal to investigate what people mean when they assert the existence of rights that, for much of humanity, are plainly not guaranteed by the existing institutional arrangements.


Moral Responsibility Marginal Utility Social Welfare Function Moral Claim Adequate Diet 
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  • Amartya Sen
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  1. 1.University of OxfordUK

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