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ignorance would reject such trade because liberty has priority in principle over resource distribution.
11 This is bold because it seems to take an illiberal stand on what counts as a good life or a life worth living. However, Sen thinks that we cannot avoid making some sort of claim about that. And if we focus on basic capabilities, then the objection loses some of its bite.
12 There is a vast literature on this topic. The best, albeit slightly dated, overview with ample citations is S. Alkire, Valuing Freedoms: Sen’s Capability Approach