The Capability Approach

[Revised entry by Ingrid Robeyns on October 3, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The capability approach is a theoretical framework that entails two core normative claims: first, the
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[Revised entry by Ingrid Robeyns on October 3, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The capability approach is a theoretical framework that entails two core normative claims: first, the claim that the freedom to achieve well-being is of primary moral importance, and second, that freedom to achieve well-being is to be understood in terms of people's capabilities, that is, their real opportunities to do and be what they have reason to value. The approach has been developed in a variety of more specific normative theories, such as (partial) theories of social justice or accounts of development ethics. It has also led to a new...

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