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Capabilities, Gender, Equality
Towards Fundamental Entitlements

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Martha C. Nussbaum, Henry S. Richardson, Des Gasper, Flavio Comim, Marc Fleurbaey, Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Ulrike Knoblock, Elaine Unterhalter, Harry Brighouse, Muriel Gilardone, Isabelle Guérin, Jane Palier, Santosh Mehrotra, Patricia Welch Saleeby, Melanie Walker, Hilde Bojer, Ian Gough, Breena Holland, John M. Alexander, Jonathan Warner
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  • Publication planned for: August 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108468831

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  • Questions of gender, injustice and equality pervade all our lives, and as such, the capabilities or 'human development' approach to understanding well-being and basic political entitlements continues to be debated. In this thought-provoking book, a range of authors provide unique reflections on the capabilities approach and, specifically, Martha C. Nussbaum's contributions to issues of gender, equality and political liberalism. Moreover, the authors tackle a broad range of development issues, including those of religion, ecological and environmental justice, social justice, child care, disability and poverty. This is the first book to examine Nussbaum's work in political philosophy in such depth, bringing together a group of distinguished experts with diverse disciplinary perspectives. It also features a unique contribution from Nussbaum herself, in which she offers reactions to the discussion and her latest thoughts on the capabilities approach. Capabilities, Gender, Equality will interest a wide range of readers and policymakers interested in new human development policies.

    • Provides unique and in-depth reflections on the capabilities or 'human development' approach and, in particular, Martha Nussbaum's theories on gender, equality and political liberalism
    • Written by a group of distinguished experts with a multidisciplinary perspective
    • Will appeal to readers from a range of disciplines, including development economists, philosophers, policymakers and researchers, all of whom are interested in the promotion of human development
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This wonderful collection of essays provides an intellectual feast. The authors engage deeply with Nussbaum's capability approach (as distinct from Amartya Sen's capability approach) from a wide range of perspectives - political philosophy, gender, environment, poverty, justice - revealing both Nussbaum's originality and their own insights. You wish yourself immediately in the same room, conversing.' Bina Agarwal

    'A thought-provoking interdisciplinary collection of contributions by leading scholars on the theoretical foundations of the capabilities approach, on gender and on equality issues, taking off from Martha C. Nussbaum's pioneering work on these topics. This book is a tribute to Nussbaum's impressive scientific output, a reflection on core aspects of the capabilities approach and an important addition to the literature on human capabilities.' Enrica Chiappero-Martinetti, University of Pavia

    'It is important to explore alternative approaches to the interpretation and use of the idea of capabilities, and this wide-ranging collection of essays makes a significant contribution to the on-going debates on the subject. It is a very welcome addition to the literature.' Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, Economics 1998

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108468831
    • length: 482 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 225 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: capabilities, challenges, and the omnipresence of political liberalism Martha C. Nussbaum
    Part I. The Capabilities Approach:
    1. Perfectionist liberalism and political liberalism Martha C. Nussbaum
    2. Rawlsian social-contract theory and the severely disabled Henry S. Richardson
    3. Logos, pathos and ethos in Martha C. Nussbaum's capabilities approach to human development Des Gasper
    4. Building capabilities: a new paradigm for human development Flavio Comim
    5. Capabilities or functionings? Anatomy of a debate Marc Fleurbaey
    6. From humans to all of life: Nussbaum's transformation of dignity Jeremy Bendik-Keymer
    Part II. Gender:
    7. Questioning the gender-based division of labour: the contribution of the capabilities approach to feminist economics Ulrike Knoblock
    8. Primary goods, capabilities, and the millennium development target for gender equity in education Elaine Unterhalter and Harry Brighouse
    9. The weight of institutions on women's capabilities: how far can microfinance help? Muriel Gilardone, Isabelle Guérin and Jane Palier
    10. The capabilities of women: towards an alternative framework for development Santosh Mehrotra
    11. Applying the capabilities approach to disability, poverty, and gender Patricia Welch Saleeby
    12. Educational transformation, gender justice and Nussbaum's capabilities Melanie Walker
    13. The social contract, unpaid child care and women's income capability Hilde Bojer
    Part III. Equality:
    14. Lists and thresholds: comparing the Doyal–Gough theory of human need with Nussbaum's capabilities approach Ian Gough
    15. Nussbaum, Rawls, and the ecological limits of justice: using capability ceilings to resolve capability conflicts Breena Holland
    16. Social justice and Nussbaum's concept of the person John M. Alexander
    17. God and Martha C. Nussbaum: towards a Reformed Christian view of capabilities Jonathan Warner

  • Editors

    Flavio Comim, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
    Flavio Comim is an Affiliated Lecturer for the Department of Land Economy and the Centre of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, and he also lectures at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has published widely in areas such as history of economic thought, economic methodology, development ethics and the capability approach.

    Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago
    Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Law School and the Philosophy Department. Over the years, Nussbaum has extended and developed the capabilities approach, and she has received numerous awards for her work.


    Martha C. Nussbaum, Henry S. Richardson, Des Gasper, Flavio Comim, Marc Fleurbaey, Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Ulrike Knoblock, Elaine Unterhalter, Harry Brighouse, Muriel Gilardone, Isabelle Guérin, Jane Palier, Santosh Mehrotra, Patricia Welch Saleeby, Melanie Walker, Hilde Bojer, Ian Gough, Breena Holland, John M. Alexander, Jonathan Warner

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