Sustainable Development: Does the Capability Approach have Anything to Offer? Outlining a Legitimate Freedom Approach

Andrew Crabtree

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    Although the sustainability of development is one of the most important problems facing the world, it has received little attention from the capability approach. This article asks whether the capability approach has anything to offer the debate that has continued for over a quarter of a century. Answering positively, the article outlines a legitimate freedom approach as a fruitful way forward. The approach draws on Thomas Scanlon's contractualist ethics, suggesting ways to understand the limits to freedoms, the non-identity problem and environmental ethics.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Human Development and Capabilities
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)40-58
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


    • Sustainable development, Sen, Scanlon, Capabilities, Non-Identity problem

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