Creating Capabilities

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Harvard University Press, Jul 31, 2011 - Philosophy - 252 pages
This is a primer on the Capabilities Approach, Martha Nussbaum’s innovative model for assessing human progress. She argues that much humanitarian policy today violates basic human values; instead, she offers a unique means of redirecting government and development policy toward helping each of us lead a full and creative life.
 

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Nussbaum lays out the capabilities approach to human development, which she has developed jointly with Amartya Sen, in this monograph. This provides an alternative to rights-based theories of change and development for the non-Western world. Read full review

Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach

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Nussbaum (law & ethics, Univ. of Chicago) looks at what it really means for a country to experience prosperity. Traditionally, a country's economic well-being was measured by its gross domestic ... Read full review

Contents

1 A Woman Seeking Justice
1
2 The Central Capabilities
17
3 A Necessary CounterTheory
46
4 Fundamental Entitlements
69
5 Cultural Diversity
101
6 The Nation and Global Justice
113
7 Philosophical Influences
123
8 Capabilities and Contemporary Issues
143
Postscript
188
Heckman on Capabilities
193
Sen on WellBeing and Agency
197
Chapter Notes
203
Bibliography
211
Acknowledgments
231
Index
233
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Conclusion
185

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Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.

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