Capabilities and human rights: Beitz’s feasibility concerns

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Capabilities and human rights: Beitz’s feasibility concerns

Type: Master thesis
Title: Capabilities and human rights: Beitz’s feasibility concerns
Author: van den Broeke, Tomas
Issue Date: 2017-03-31
Keywords: Human Rights
Capabilities
Nussbaum
Beitz
Feasibility
Abstract: Martha Nussbaum provides with her capabilities approach some interesting ideas that might improve the current human rights doctrine substantially. However, Charles Beitz – who bases his practical conception on the existing human rights practices – questions if the capabilities approach can adequately cope with feasibility constraints. In this thesis, I will examine the relation of capabilities and human rights, and argue that the capabilities approach can account for Beitz’s feasibility-concerns. In addition, I will suggest that Beitz places feasibility constraints too central in his theory, and incorrectly assumes his practice-based method does not need a normative basis.
Supervisor: Boot, Eric
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Philosophy (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/49099
 

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