The Circumstances of Habilitation for Basic Justice

Lawrence C. Becker

in Habilitation, Health, and Agency

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950454 | DOI:
The Circumstances of Habilitation for Basic Justice

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Since habilitation is being proposed here as a framework for theories of basic justice, the proposal should pay some explicit attention to the circumstances under which habilitation is both possible and necessary. This effort will enlarge and reorient standard accounts of the "circumstances of justice." The most fundamental and general circumstances of habilitation have to do with the most fundamental and general facts about our humanness and our need for habilitation. This chapter surveys such factors and the habilitative tasks they generate for human beings. The concluding section condenses and summarizes the circumstances of habilitation into a single item: the practical possibility of creating or sustaining hospitable social environments. It then indicates the way in which focusing on that practical possibility points toward the importance of human health and healthy agency.

Keywords: circumstances of justice; circumstances of habilitation; habilitative tasks; hospitable environments; human agency

Chapter.  4995 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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