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Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy

Transforming Unjust Structures

The Capability Approach

Editors: Deneulin, Severine, Nebel, Mathias, Sagovsky, Nicholas (Eds.)

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The "capability approach" of development economist Amartya Sen, who received the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998, poses a major challenge to the dominant paradigm of neo-classical economics. According to Sen, human well-being does not depend on the consumption of commodities but on the freedoms human beings have reason to choose and value. The capability approach has frequently been criticised for a lack of attention to the ways in which unjust social, political and economic structures restrict human capabilities. The contributors to this volume take up this criticism in a number of ways, both theoretical and practical. The theoretical discussion engages with the thought of Sen himself and with the hermeneutical tradition represented by Paul Ricoeur. The practical discussion consists of five case studies examining the effectiveness of the capability approach in dealing with cases of structural injustice. These cover: racism in South Africa; access to labour markets in Europe; participation in higher education in the UK; poverty and welfare reforms in the US; and biotechnology patents. How effectively, ask all the contributors, can Sen’s capability approach be deployed in the transformation of unjust structures?

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Capabilities and Rights

    Paul Ricoeur

    Pages 17-26

  • “Necessary Thickening”: Ricoeur's Ethic of Justice as a Complement to Sen's Capability Approach

    Séverine Deneulin

    Pages 27-45

  • “Capable Individuals” and Just Institutions: Sen and Rawls

    Nicholas Sagovsky

    Pages 63-81

  • Narrative Capability: Telling Stories in the Search for Justice

    Teresa Godwin Phelps

    Pages 105-120

  • Enhancing Students' Capabilities?: UK Higher Education and the Widening Participation Agenda

    Michael Watts, David Bridges

    Pages 143-160

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transforming Unjust Structures
Book Subtitle
The Capability Approach
Editors
  • Severine Deneulin
  • Mathias Nebel
  • Nicholas Sagovsky
Series Title
Library of Ethics and Applied Philosophy
Series Volume
19
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4432-8
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-4432-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4431-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7127-9
Series ISSN
1387-6678
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 196
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