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Single Idea 21010

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / D. Justice / 1. Basis of justice]

Full Idea

The basic claim of my account of social justice is this: respect for human dignity requires that citizens be placed above an ample (specified) threshold of capability in all ten of the areas.

Gist of Idea

Justice requires that the ten main capabilities of people are reasonably enabled


Martha Nussbaum (Creating Capabilities [2011], 2)

Book Reference

Nussbaum,Martha C.: 'Creating Capabilities' [Belknap Harvard 2013], p.36

A Reaction

[The capabilities are given, briefly, in Idea 21009] The one word that bothers me here is 'dignity'. It is very vague, and can, I think, be reduced to much clearer and more obvious concepts. A person lacks dignity when they vomit, in ordinary usage.

Related Idea

Idea 21009 Capabilities: Life, Health, Safety, Mental life, Love, Planning, Joining in, Nature, Play, Control [Nussbaum, by PG]