Reading Workshop: The Capability/Capabilities Approach

March – April 2019 Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, IV flour

The Capability/Capabilities Approach, developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, is a normative framework for examining and evaluating human well-being and social arrangements, as well as a basis for creating public policies that would enhance people’s “real freedoms”.

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory is organizing a reading workshop on the Capability/Capabilities Approach in order to introduce (i) the basic concepts of the capability/capabilities approach, (ii) the application of the approach to some of the practical problems contemporary societies face, and (iii) the critique of the capability/capabilities approach.

The reading workshop can be informative and inspiring for researchers in various fields – philosophy, economics, sociology, political science, etc. – as well as for public servants and NGO workers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule and Literature March 11, 2019 at 1 pm.
Amartya Sen’s version of the Capability/Capabilities Approach

• Mahbub, U. H. (1995). Reflections on Human Development. New York: Oxford University Press. (Chapter 1)
• Sen, A. (1992), Inequality Reexamined. Oxford University Press. (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
• Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (Chapters 2, 3)

March 20, 2019 at 2 pm.
Martha Nussbaum’s version of the Capability/Capabilities Approach

• Nussbaum, M. C. (2000). Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Introduction, Chapter 1)
• Nussbaum, M. C. (2009). “The Capabilities of People with Cognitive Disabilities.” Metaphilosophy 40 (3/4): 331–351.

 

April 3, 2019 at 2 pm. Poverty, Education, and Health
• Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (Chapter 4)
• Deneulin, S. and Shahani, L. (eds.) (2009). An Introduction to the Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency. London. Earthscan. (Chapters 6, 9)
• Venkatapuram, S. (2011). Health Justice: An Argument from the Capabilities Approach. Cambridge: Polity Press. (Chapter 1)

April 15, 2019 at 2 pm. Democratic Participation
• Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (Chapters 6, 11)
• Sen, A. (2009). The Idea of Justice. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. (Chapters 15, 16, 17)
• Crocker, D. (2006). “Sen and Deliberative Democracy.” In: Alexander Kaufman. Capabilities Equality: Basic Issues and Problems. New York: Routledge.

April 15, 2019 at 2 pm. Gender Equality

• Nussbaum, M. C. (1999). “Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation.” In: Sex and Social Justice. Oxford: Oxford University Press. • Nussbaum, M. C. (2005). “Women’s Bodies: Violence, Security, Capabilities.” Journal of Human Development 6 (2): 167–183.
• Sen, A. (1999). Development as Freedom. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (Chapter 8)
• Robyns, I. (2003). “Sen’s Capability Approach and Gender Inequality: Selecting Relevant Capabilities.” Feminist Economics 9 (2–3): 61–92.

April 22, 2019 at 2 pm. Critique

• Vallentyne, P. (2006). “Capability versus Opportunity for Well-Being.” In: Alexander Kaufman. Capabilities Equality: Basic Issues and Problems. New York: Routledge.
• Pogge, T. (2010). “A Critique of the Capability Approach” In: Harry Brighouse and Ingrid Robeyns. Measuring Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Meetings, which are open to the general public, will be held at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (Kraljice Natalije 45, Belgrade) at the conference room on the fourth floor. We kindly ask those who are interested in attending the reading workshop to apply via email:
Bojana Radovanović: radovanovic@instifdt.bg.ac.rs
Marko Konjović: marko.konjovic@instifdt.bg.ac.rs

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