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An Analysis of Martha Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach with Attention to Her Use of the Term "Threshold"

Spring, Jonathan (2009) An Analysis of Martha Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach with Attention to Her Use of the Term "Threshold". Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper investigates Martha Nussbaum's capabilities approach, which is influential in current political philosophy and policy making. The capabilities approach is contextualized within the scope of Nussbaum's influences in section I. These influences are primarily Aristotle, Kant, Marx, John Rawls, and Amartya Sen. In section II her own view is explicated with attention to the influences previously described. This section also attempts to clarify certain aspects of her view, such as her use of "person" and "human." This is in order to set the stage for section III, which critiques the various aspects of the approach which were explained in section II. In general, the capabilities approach is found wanting, however there are some useful qualities that are unique to a capabilities approach to political philosophy, ethics, or economics.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGlazener, NancyGlazener@pitt.eduGLAZENER
Committee MemberFarrell,
Committee MemberSwindal,
Committee MemberMachamer, PeterpkMach@pitt.eduPKMACH
Committee MemberRicketts, Thomasricketts@pitt.eduRICKETTS
Date: 14 April 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 4 April 2008
Approval Date: 14 April 2009
Submission Date: 15 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Philosophy
David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: capabilities; ethics; Nussbaum; political philosophy
Other ID:, etd-04152008-151411
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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