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Record number 531594
Title Democracy, Philosophy, and the Selection of Capabilities
Author(s) Byskov, Morten Fibieger
Source Journal of Human Development and Capabilities 18 (2017)1. - ISSN 1945-2829 - p. 1 - 16.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2015.1091809
Department(s) Philosophy
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Abstract A key task within the capability approach is the selection of relevant capabilities. The question of how to select capabilities has divided capability theorists into two camps: those who argue that it is a philosophical task and those who argue that it is a matter for the public. In this paper, I argue that this distinction between philosophy and democracy is counterproductive to the operationalization of the capability approach. On the one hand, proponents of the philosophical position overestimate the need for philosophical theorizing when selecting capabilities. On the other hand, proponents of the democratic positions can benefit from addressing issues raised by philosophers. I conclude that rather than making the philosophical position more democratically sensitive, we should search out ways in which philosophy can reinforce democratic processes in general and in relation to the selection of capabilities in particular.
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