1st Edition

Capabilities Equality Basic Issues and Problems

Edited By Alexander Kaufman Copyright 2006
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    The capabilities approach to equality, developed by Amartyr Sen and Martha Nussbaum, seeks to answer the question: what is a proper measure of a person's condition for the purposes of determining what we owe each other, as a matter of justice?

    While the capabilities theory has avoided many of the conceptual difficulties that have undermined competing accounts of egalitarian justice, recent criticisms have raised questions regarding the focus, structure and justification of the theory. In this volume, leading scholars present new and original essays that address these controversies.

    1. Distributive Justice and Basic Capability Equality: ‘Good Enough Is Not Good Enough

    Richard Arneson

    2. Capabilities as Fundamental Entitlements: Sen and Social Justice

    Martha C. Nussbaum

    3. A Sufficientarian Approach? A Note 

    Alexander Kaufman

    II. A Clearly Differentiated Approach?

    4. Capability vs. Opportunity for Well-being

    Peter Vallentyne

    5. Capabilities and Gender Inequality

    Timothy Hinton

    6. What Goods do to (and for) People: Duality and Ambiguity in Sen’s Capability Approach?

    Alexander Kaufman

    III. Issues in Implementation.

    7. Public Debate and Value Construction in Sen's Approach

    Sabina Alkire

    8. Sen and Deliberative Democracy 

    David Crocker

    9. Attending to Nature: Capabilities and the Environment 

    Victoria Kamsler

    10. Disability, Capability, and Thresholds for Distributive Justice

    David Wasserman



    Alexander Kaufman