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Concepts and Conceptions

Lawrence C. Becker

in Habilitation, Health, and Agency

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950454 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917549.003.0002
Concepts and Conceptions

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Section 1 of this chapter outlines the concept of basic justice and argues that it is worthwhile to confine attention to it for the remainder of the book. Section 2 introduces in some detail the concept of habilitation and argues that it is a particularly illuminating tool for examining basic justice. Section 3 examines two types of normative theory that appear to have especially close conceptual connections to habilitation (capability theories; dependency and care theories). The habilitation framework proposed here is then distinguished from them. Section 4 suggests that habilitation into a robust form of health is a project central to the human condition itself rather than to a particular normative theory, and that the habilitation framework could in principle provide a theory-independent framework for normative theories of basic justice generally.

Keywords: basic justice; habilitation; capability theories; dependency; care theories; robust health

Chapter.  7777 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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