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Justice and the Capabilities Approach

1st Edition

Edited by Thom Brooks


502 pages

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The capabilities approach is a widely influential alternative theory of justice, popularized by Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen and also by Martha Nussbaum. Justice and the Capabilities Approach is the first work of its kind to publish in one place the most influential essays in the field covering a number of topics, including constitutional law, cosmopolitanism, distributive justice, the family, feminism, global justice, human rights, poverty, and social justice. The collection should help inform both scholars and students coming to the study of the capabilities approach for the first time of both the importance and complexity of the wider debate, as well as shed light on how the approach might be further improved and applied.


’…a fine collection of essays.' Journal of Human Development and Capabilities

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I Distributive Justice: Well-being, agency, and freedom: the Dewey lectures 1984, Amartya Sen; Equality of welfare, Ronald Dworkin; Equality of resources, Ronald Dworkin. Part II Human Rights: Capabilities, entitlements, rights: supplementation and critique, Martha C. Nussbaum; Rights, capabilities, and the good society, Robin West; Elements of a theory of human rights, Amartya Sen. Part III Constitutional Law: The Supreme Court 2006 Term - foreword: constitutions and capabilities: 'perception' against lofty formalism, Martha C. Nussbaum; Constitutions and capabilities: a (necessarily) pragmatic approach, Diane P. Wood. Part IV The Family: The problem with polygamy, Thom Brooks; Who secures women's capabilities in Martha Nussbaum's quest for social justice?, Amrita Basu. Part V Cosmopolitanism and Global Justice: Assessing global poverty and inequality: income, resources, and capabilities, Ingrid Robeyns; Cosmopolitan law?, Noah Feldman; Name index.

About the Editor

Thom Brooks, Reader in Political and Legal Philosophy, Newcastle University, UK

About the Series

The Library of Essays on Justice

The Library of Essays on Justice

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Jurisprudence