Capability and freedom: a defence of Sen
In a recent discussion of Amartya Sen’s concept of the capabilities of people for functioning in their society — and the idea of targetting people’s functioning capabilities in evaluating the society — G.A.Cohen accuses Sen of espousing an inappropriate, ‘athletic’ image of the person (Cohen 1993, 24-25). The idea is that if Sen’s formulations are to be taken at face value, then life is valuable only so far as people actively choose most facets of their existence: if they fare well in the...[Show more]
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