Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach

Creating Capabilities The Human Development Approach If a country s Gross Domestic Product increases each year but so does the percentage of its people deprived of basic education health care and other opportunities is that country really making pro

  • Title: Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach
  • Author: Martha C. Nussbaum
  • ISBN: 9780674050549
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover
  • If a country s Gross Domestic Product increases each year, but so does the percentage of its people deprived of basic education, health care, and other opportunities, is that country really making progress If we rely on conventional economic indicators, can we ever grasp how the world s billions of individuals are really managing In this powerful critique, Martha NussbauIf a country s Gross Domestic Product increases each year, but so does the percentage of its people deprived of basic education, health care, and other opportunities, is that country really making progress If we rely on conventional economic indicators, can we ever grasp how the world s billions of individuals are really managing In this powerful critique, Martha Nussbaum argues that our dominant theories of development have given us policies that ignore our most basic human needs for dignity and self respect For the past twenty five years, Nussbaum has been working on an alternate model to assess human development the Capabilities Approach She and her colleagues begin with the simplest of questions What is each person actually able to do and to be What real opportunities are available to them The Capabilities Approach to human progress has until now been expounded only in specialized works Creating Capabilities, however, affords anyone interested in issues of human development a wonderfully lucid account of the structure and practical implications of an alternate model.

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    1. This book is a difficult to read introduction to the liberal/progressive approach to solving sociopolitical issues in developing nations. My experiences in poverty and developing nations leads me to disagree with her assumptions and suggested solutions.Without going into great depth, my disagreements with Nussbaum on the topic is fundamental and philosophical. Nussbaum's approach to problems are generally to pursue larger government involvement in personal lives and affairs, and in particular wi [...]

    2. Lecture agréable et fort pertinente. J’ai particulièrement aimé la façon dont l’auteur a su lier la théorie à la pratique, entre autre en se référant à de multiples reprises à l’histoire de Vasanti qu’elle présente en introduction.«L’objectif du développement mondial, tout comme l’objectif d’une bonne politique intérieure, est de permettre aux individus de mener des vies pleines et créatives en développant leur potentiel et en créant une vie sensée, qui exprime la [...]

    3. On my second read I found less to love, more to question -- because, between reads, I've lived more life and witnessed more lofty theories mooted by messy realities. Nussbaum's well-intended ideas have pushed research in promising directions. BUT. Many devilish details occupy the space between her idealized policy goals and their actual implementation in diverse contexts. Thus her proposals are less practically helpful, and less globally exportable, than she lets on.(Originally read in June 2012 [...]

    4. Considering I read this for a module at university, it was actually really interesting. Nussbaum makes some great points and I found myself agreeing with her a lot. It is also written for the general reader so the language is not too technical and it is easy to understand. This is a great book for all those interested in learning a bit more about the human development approach in developmental theories.

    5. makes intelligent suggestions on the theory of capabilities. but unnecessarily detailed without saying much new. An entire book that should have remained a shortened journal publication or published love letter to ex-boyfriend Sen.

    6. Nussbaum has a cutting mind and is on the forefront of modern ethics. This book is a fine example of her well-contextualized, practical, thinking.

    7. Nussbaum succinctly argues for the human development approach of economic theory. This approach finds its center in human capabilities and its commitment in the equal dignity of all human beings regardless of race, class, religion, gender, nation, or caste. It's central belief is that all lives are capable of equal human dignity. By offering a focus on quality of life and social justice that is also grounded in political neoliberal roots, Nussbaum believes to have remedied major deficiencies in [...]

    8. An interesting account of fundamental rights, and a good effort to outline a solid list of them from a single starting point. Nussbaum takes a lot of inspiration from Rawls and Mill, and it shows in her analysis. One noticeable flaw is her reluctance to take her ideas to their logical conclusion, which seem to point up and out from the standard boundaries of the liberal democratic tradition. It's definitely a good work to read to establish a baseline idea of human rights, but that hesitation ult [...]

    9. Excellent summary of Nussbaum's conception of the capabilities approach, clearly set out for the general reader, but with careful attention to how the approach in general relates to other theories of welfare (historic and contemporary) and how her version aligns or differs with those of other scholars, particularly Amartya Sen. This context alone makes it essential for anyone with an interest in this area, but there is also a very clear summary of her work, an honest evaluation of its current li [...]

    10. A little dry in some places ( not uncommon in philosophy) and there are some points I disagree with, but her central claim of what rights people should have protected, what duties this implies on behalf of the state and institutions, and that all humans ( and non- human animals) deserve divinity is solid. Also she is very clear in her writing ( somewhat uncommon in philosophy) - this makes her work accessible to even a lay audience.

    11. Martha Nussbaum is one of the twenty-first century’s most influential ethicists, feminists, and political philosophers. Her capabilities approach to human development, first championed by Amartya Sen, another prominent economist and philosopher, provided the theoretical foundation for the United Nations’ Human Development Index, which accounts for non-monetary developmental factors like life expectancy, education, and adult literacy, in addition to per-capita income. Ultimately, Nussbaum, li [...]

    12. L'autrice riassume la situazione e i possibili sviluppi del suo approccio delle capacità, in amichevole polemica con Amartya Sen che adotta una prospettiva maggiormente comparativa, e non tenta la teorizzazione di una giustizia sociale di base. Il Pil ha l'indubbio vantaggio di essere facile da misurare e trasparente, ma il difetto di aggregare componenti molto diverse così da trascurare inevitabilmente le grandi discriminazioni possibili, anche in fase di accrescimento del Pil; l'approccio de [...]

    13. What I liked: Nussbaum (and Sen's) rethinking of human development speaks to my idealistic and humanist natures. The framework adequately allows maximum freedoms while providing justification for taking harmful freedoms away. The book is very smoothly written and provides interesting background on a number of philosophers.What I didn't like: Top-down theory. The capabilities themselves are not really explored or justified. Relies too much on the work of Amartya Sen. Doesn't address the practical [...]

    14. El abordaje del desarrollo humano desde las "capacidades" ha cobrado relevancia en los últimos años ,sus dos principales han sido Amartya Sen y Martha Nussbaum. En este libro Nussbaum replantea la teoría de capacidades ahondado en ciertos temas que son de su particular interés y que generan ciertas diferencias con Sen. La autora parte del caso de Vasanti una mujer India que se encuentra en un circunstancias de pobreza, y maltrato por parte de su pareja, y a través de una institución que la [...]

    15. Martha Nussbaum's Creating Capabilities is a powerful statement on ways in which societies can promote justice through encouraging the development of certain capacities that are essential to what it means to be a human being. Nussbaum gives a list of what she calls the "Central Capabilities," capabilities without which people cannot flourish in a decent society and which would make for necessary conditions for the society to be called just. She writes that societies should grant their citizens t [...]

    16. This book tries to expand on how we evaluate countries. Rather than just a single number, like GDP, the Capabilities Approaches takes into account more factors which impact everyday life. Economies are dynamic, this book has done a good job at looking at more than just a few indicators for explaining an economies strength and weaknesses. An entire chapter was dedicated to other approaches and where they fail in a country evaluation. As the author does credit other evaluations, a confirmation bia [...]

    17. The author seems to touch on interesting points but the suggested solutions to these lofty problems are weak, and moreover, poorly explained.The book does offer a decent introduction to development economics.

    18. If you know nothing about the capabilities approach or, indeed, development then this is the book for you.It's a straightforward (if sometimes longwinded) argument for the capabilities approach; a defined set of 'capabilities' which we are all (as humans) entitled to and which a government should strive to provide every citizen under their care.I thought the best thing about the book was the succinct manner in which Nussbaum debunks other development approaches; she really sums up the limits to [...]

    19. Really solid introductory text on the Capabilities Approach as its examined in Economics, Law, and Philosophy. Nussbaum synthesizes the trans-disciplinary material in a solid way so that the non-expert can understand the moving parts, but without some foundation you might miss some of the broader connections.

    20. This is a fairly concise introduction to the capabilities approach to theories of justice, though I'm not quite sure who the book is aimed at. It gets pretty in the weeds with the various flavors of utilitarianism and competing theories for the general reader, but lacks the footnotes and other editorial apparatus an academic audience would expect.

    21. A very timely read considering that the APEC has just finished and the Philippines has just signed a lot of deals. This is not to mention that we have been measuring our development in terms of economic productivity alone.

    22. For those dedicated to social engineering (In a good way) the world to a better place for people this is a book for you. For me it was good and WAY to in depth for me. I just couldn't finish it, I tried, but it is a very serious and very detailed read.

    23. I appreciate this way of thinking about the world, and had hoped this would be a short, accessible way to share them with my friends, but the conversation here is too internal. Look for other Nussbaum books to get a better view of what she is arguing.

    24. Great intellectual move in development circles, tougher to see her insistence she is not making a metaphysical claim, especially read in a theology course. Useful for my future work, very accessible, will assign to undergrads.

    25. Nussbaum presents a well-argued and convincing thesis. She has taken some complex concepts and explained them well in and simple terms.

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