Justice, Capabilities, and Vulnerabilities

Onora O'Neill

in Women, Culture, and Development

Published in print November 1995 | ISBN: 9780198289647
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596698 | DOI:

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

 Justice, Capabilities, and Vulnerabilities

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O’Neill investigates the relationship between capability and vulnerability in forms of dependence and victimization, arguing that the satisfaction of preferences ought not to be taken as a normative criterion in political economy. Defending the capabilities approach by connecting it to a strand of Kantianism, O’Neill contends that Kant's categorical imperative continues to be a valuable test in social policy and supplies a powerful safeguard against the exploitation of vulnerability.

Keywords: capabilities; dependence and victimization; independence and autonomy; justice; Kant; practical reasoning; preferences

Chapter.  6224 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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