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Human Capabilities, Female Human Beings

Martha C. Nussbaum

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198289642.003.0003

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Human Capabilities, Female Human Beings

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Nussbaum argues that the best way to tackle the issue of women's equality in developing countries is to begin with a conception of the human being and human functioning. By seeing certain capabilities and functions as more central to human life than others, Nussbaum anticipates feminist and cultural relativistic challenges and defends her particular brand of universalism and essentialism. This paper provides a self‐consciously normative conception of what it is to be human and to live a good life, as well as a proposal for a culturally sensitive development ethic.

Keywords: central human capabilities; central human functioning; common humanity; development policy; inclusiveness; methodology; pluralism; universalism

Chapter.  23772 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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