A Theory of Human Need

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Aug 23, 1991 - Political Science - 381 pages
Argues that human beings have universal and objective needs for health and autonomy and a right to their optimal satisfaction. The authors show what such optimization would mean in practice and assess the records of developed and underdeveloped economies in meeting their citizens' needs.
 

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Contents

THE POLITICS OF HUMAN NEED 275
5
Who Needs Human Needs?
9
The Inevitability of Human Needs
22
The Grammar of Need
35
the Basic Needs
49
Societal Preconditions for the Satisfaction of Basic
76
Human Liberation and the Right to NeedSatisfaction
91
Special obligations and the optimisation
104
Measuring NeedSatisfaction
151
Physical Health and Autonomy
171
Autonomy and mental illness
180
Critical autonomy
187
Societal Preconditions for Optimising NeedSatisfaction
222
NeedSatisfaction in
247
Towards a Political Economy of NeedSatisfaction
277
A Dual Political Strategy
297

the rights of enemies to needsatisfaction 1 12
112
Habermas and rational communication
120
Rawls justice and optimal needsatisfaction
126
Revising Rawls
132
Internationalism ecology and future generations
141
Notes
313
Bibliography
328
Index
349
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