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Development and the Other: On the Bearing of Egalitarian Sensibility on Development

Inequities in society can be countered, it is usually argued, through an agency-centric approach of democratic political participation. While not denying the pertinence of such an approach, this paper contends, from a development ethics perspective with reference to India, that an ethos of egalitarian sensibility across the whole spectrum of society is fundamental to equitable development. Through the lens of Levinas' notion of the "other but equal", and Rawls' rejection of moral deserts in the case of human natural endowments as basic to social cooperation, an egalitarian sensibility is viewed as the "moral-sensual" assertion of the other's egality and dignity. Transformative education, civil society activism and cultural dynamism, the paper argues, are central to acquiring an egalitarian sensibility.

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