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Measuring Justice
Primary Goods and Capabilities

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Ingrid Robeyns, Harry Brighouse, Thomas Pogge, Erin Kelly, Elizabeth Anderson, Richard Arneson, Norman Daniel, Lorella Terzi, Colin MacLeod, Elaine Unterhalter, Amartya Sen
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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521884518

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  • This book brings together a team of leading theorists to address the question 'What is the right measure of justice?' Some contributors, following Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, argue that we should focus on capabilities, or what people are able to do and to be. Others, following John Rawls, argue for focussing on social primary goods, the goods which society produces and which people can use. Still others see both views as incomplete and complementary to one another. Their essays evaluate the two approaches in the light of particular issues of social justice - education, health policy, disability, children, gender justice - and the volume concludes with an essay by Amartya Sen, who originated the capabilities approach.

    • Introduces theoretical discussions which are accessible for non-specialists by incorporating debates about particular sectors of justice
    • Includes a contribution from Thomas Pogge which has previously been difficult for scholars to obtain
    • Introduction sets the terms of debate in historical context, providing a background for the reader
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...these highly technical essays show how matters of gender, disability, and being a child may affect the overall assessment regarding which theory should prevail. This book should seriously challenge sophisticated readers... Recommended..."
    --A. S. Rosenbaum, Cleveland State University, CHOICE

    "...The editors, Harty Brighouse and Ingrid Robeyns, open the collection with a brisk and helpful general introduction that sets up the debate and provides a summary of the nine central chapters of the book.... it is a virtue of this collection that it accomplishes its focused aim in a rigorous and sustained fashion, and it is a very valuable contribution of this volume as a whole that it should make both camps in this debate more reflective about what their distinctive claims are."
    --Serena Olsaretti, ICREA, Pompue Fabra Umiversity and University of Cambridge, Social Theory and Practice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521884518
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Social primary goods and capabilities as metrics of justice Ingrid Robeyns and Harry Brighouse
    Part I. Theory:
    2. A critique on the capability approach Thomas Pogge
    3. Equal opportunity, unequal capability Erin Kelly
    4. Justifying the capabilities approach to justice Elizabeth Anderson
    5. Two cheers for capabilities Richard Arneson
    Part II. Applications:
    6. Capabilities, opportunity, and health Norman Daniel
    7. What metric for justice for disabled people? Capability and disability Lorella Terzi
    8. Primary goods, capabilities, and children Colin MacLeod
    9. Education for primary goods or for capabilities? Harry Brighouse and Elaine Unterhalter
    10. Gender and the metric of justice Ingrid Robeyns
    Part III. Concluding Essay:
    11. The place of capability in a theory of justice Amartya Sen.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ethics and Global Poverty
    • Globalization and Education
    • Hunger, Plenty and Justice
    • International Environmental Agreements
    • Liberalism and Democracy
    • Race and Racism in Western Thought
    • Seminar on Global Justice
    • Theories of Justice
  • Editors

    Harry Brighouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Harry Brighouse is Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Education Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His previous publications include On Education (2006). He was co-editor for The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism (Cambridge, 2005).

    Ingrid Robeyns, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
    Ingrid Robeyns is Professor of Practical Philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She was co-editor for Amartya Sen's Work and Ideas: A Gender Perspective (2005).


    Ingrid Robeyns, Harry Brighouse, Thomas Pogge, Erin Kelly, Elizabeth Anderson, Richard Arneson, Norman Daniel, Lorella Terzi, Colin MacLeod, Elaine Unterhalter, Amartya Sen

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