Capabilities and Social Justice: The Political Philosophy of Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Political Science - 187 pages
The capability approach to social justice construes a person's well-being in terms of the substantive freedoms people have reason to value beyond mere utility or access to resources. In this book John Alexander engages with the rapidly growing body of literature on the capability approach in economics, inequality and poverty measurement, and development studies, paying particular attention to Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum's collaborative work on the capability approach in normative economics, social ethics and political philosophy. Through a critical discussion of Sen and Nussbaum's literature, the book develops a unified vision of the capability approach embodied in the ideal of creating the greatest possible condition for the realization of basic capabilities for all and assesses it as a political theory arguing that capabilities are necessary but not sufficient for overcoming conditions of domination.


Rethinking Rawlsian Justice
Towards a Capability Theory of Justice
The Theory of Broad Consequentialism
The Question of Individual Responsibility
Aristotle and Nussbaums Hybrid Theory of Capabilities
Which Freedom? What Sort of Public Reasoning?

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Dr John M. Alexander is Research Fellow at the Centre for Economics and Ethics at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Leuven, Belgium. He also teaches Philosophy and Business Ethics at Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Loyola College (University of Madras), Chennai, India.

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