Promoting Human Freedoms under Conditions of Inequalities: A Procedural Framework


Deneulin, S., 2005. Promoting Human Freedoms under Conditions of Inequalities: A Procedural Framework. Journal of Human Development and Capablilites, 6 (1), pp. 75-92.

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    Considering people as agents of their own lives is central in Amartya Sen's freedom-centred approach to development. In that respect, the capability approach grants a fundamental role to the ability to participate in the life of the community, which is referred to as the exercise of political freedom. The paper highlights a major tension between the promotion of human freedoms and the exercise of political freedom, and examines ways in which this tension may be loosened. It suggests that the consequentialist space of well-being evaluation that Sen's capability approach advocates be supplemented by a procedural space. In parallel to Martha Nussbaum's 'thick vague theory of the good', which deals with the indeterminacy of Sen's consequentialist evaluation, the paper proposes a 'thick vague theory of political freedom' that hopes to offer some answers to the problems involved with promoting human freedoms through the exercise of political freedom.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsDeneulin, S.
    Uncontrolled Keywordsdeliberative democracy,participation,practical wisdom,natural law,agency
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Development Studies
    Publisher StatementJHD_05.pdf: This is the authors version of an article published in the Journal of Human Development, 6(1), pp. 75-92. The JOURNAL OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT is available online at informaworldTM -
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