Monday, 18 August 2014

Poverty and Philosophy

What smitten ME most concerning Amartya Sen’s analysis on the workings of impoverishment and its resultant relationship with freedom, is that he appearance on the far side the role of wealth and financial gain as indicators of standing and prosperity in developing countries. whereas nobody will deny that these 2 areas of study aren't any doubt necessary, fractional monetary unit strives to investigate the driving factors behind why individuals area unit poor and why there's difference. His final thesis, that people’s capabilities and their relative economic, political and social freedom area unit what really drive impoverishment, was each a refreshing and substantive statement. Too repeatedly the compelling reasons of why a drag is going on in an exceedingly country area unit unnoted and neglected in favor for a swift and immediate resolution. it's attention-grabbing to notice that Sen’s analysis appears one among the primary examples (at least that I actually have read) proposing that the answer to a drag of impoverishment starts at the supply. we have a tendency to cannot merely expect impoverishment to disappear supported wealth alone, and this distinction is a crucial issue that defines Sen’s work. He states this best once he writes, “Economic growth can not be reasonably treated as a finish in itself. Development must be additional involved with enhancing the lives we have a tendency to lead and therefore the freedoms we have a tendency to enjoy”. Sen’s discussion of organic process issues represents one analysis of impoverishment understood through the lens of political economy, and bolstered with distinctive ethical and philosophical tones. as an example, I assumed that his inclusion of the various aspects of philosophy and liberalism strong his argument and provided and additional analytical check up on the private aspect of impoverishment. The 2 differing kinds of outlooks gave balance to his piece and additionally more additional conflict to the thought of the “informational bases”. when reading this, I used to be smitten by a lot of|what proportion|what quantity} of the data we have a tendency to acquire concerning political economy and impoverishment is extremely much generalized nevertheless restricted. there's most info out there concerning what contributes and ends up in poverty; but, from wherever is all this info originate, and on what facts area unit these conclusions being drawn? I assumed this concept, still as Sen’s notion as “poverty as capability depravation” may notably be applied to this state of Haiti when the recent earthquakes. The ideas projected inside the book will be clearly exemplified in lightweight of the recent devastation, and therefore the widespread impoverishment, lack of difference and “unfreedom” inside the country have all contributed to the break down of the state when the disaster. once applying Sen’s ideas to true in Haiti, the interaction of low financial gain, political instability, and civil rights all persuade strengthen his concept freedom really is that the building block of a making a productive and additional stable society. whereas there's no manner that the author may have enclosed the recent disaster in his writing, my one critique considerations that no bold example of his theory applied to a selected country. whereas several smaller examples got, maybe a few bound side he strove to stress, nobody study was cited to act because the book’s empirical basis, which might are helpful once action an inspiration.

Monday, 25 February 2013

The Philosophy of Poverty and the Poverty of Philosophy

The government of the United States of America has persuaded many people, and not j u s t the majority of its own citizens, to see its country's victory i n the Cold War as a victory of the ideas of freedom and democracy, j u s t as i t presents the events of 9 / 1 1 as an attack upon those same values. But to what extent can these values be understood without reference to the material conditions of society? Freedom and democracy tend to have a different meaning depending on whether one lives i n a r i c h or a poor country, j u s t as they mean different things to the elite and to the underclass of a country. This opens u p a different way of reading the situation and i t emerges even f r om the Bush administration's own major policy  document, if one reads i t carefully enough. The National Security Strategy of the United States (henceforth NSS), published i n September 2002, acknowledges that poverty and inequality are among the causes of terror:

Monday, 30 July 2012


Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Philosophy is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia), which literally means "love of wisdom".

Thursday, 25 August 2011


For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
(Psalm 9:18)

  Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
(Psalm 10:14)

  For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
(Psalm 12:5)

 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
(Psalm 22:26)

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
(Psalm 34:5,6)

The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
(Psalm 37:18,19)

  But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.
(Psalm 40:17)
  He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
(Psalm 102:17)
  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
(Psalm 107:8,9)

  Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
(Psalm 107:41)

  For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.
(Psalm 109:31)

  The LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
(Psalm 111:4b,5)

  The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
(Psalm 145:14-17)

  He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
(Proverbs 28:19)

  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
(Isaiah 11:4)

Popular Bible Quotes
   But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty.
--Job 5:15
  For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners.
--Psalm 69:33
  For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
--Psalm 72:12-13
  I will satisfy her poor with bread.
--Psalm 132:15
  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?.
--James 2:5