Amartya Sen is a contemporary economist, who won the Nobel Prize ineconomics in 1998. He is very philosophically inclined and ties hiseconomic analyses to philosophical questions, particularly those ofHuman Rights and Democracy. In the essays that we read today, we see Senreject cultural relativism, which has become quite fashionable. Accordingto him, human rights are not culturally relative; in fact, he argues thatdemocracy is not culturally limited either. Both have a universal appeal.Barber begins the discussion of globalization from anti-democratic andnon-democratic view.
1. How does Sen reject cultural relativism? And what does he meanwhen he says that there is a substantial tendency to extrapolatebackward from the present?
2. What is the importance of curry in Sens analysis?