15th out of 51 books — 8 voters
Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach
Proposing a new kind of feminism that is genuinely international, Martha Nussbaum argues for an ethical underpinning to all thought about development planning and public policy, and dramatically moves beyond the abstractions of economists and philosophers to embed thought about justice in the concrete reality of the struggles of poor women. In this book, Nussbaum argues th...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published June 4th 2001 by Cambridge University Press
(first published December 31st 1999)
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A great book, a great methodology for empowering women and girls. And yes, global, core constitutional principles are needed for not only for the human functioning of women globally who are the poorest among us, those intrinsic unalienable rights are conferred upon all human beings, including men.
Aug 21, 2008 Anette rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone interested in equality and development
Recommended to Anette by: a professor in human rights studies
Nussbaum has a good pen, writes clearly and is a very interesting intellectual. Her development of the capabilities approach is very convincing and I recommend this book for anyone and everyone. When I have not given the book five stars, that is because I disagree with Nussbaum in her understanding of radical feminism and also - more precisely - her arguments and conclusion about tax deduction for religious institutions that discriminate on basis of gender. I believe gender discrimination for re...more
Not your typical hifalutin' philosophy. Nussbaum's prose is accessibly clear, and she injects a healthy dose of real-life narrative into topics often obscured by abstract theory. She critiques modern philosophy for failing to address the plight of the worst-off, and she offers an elegant framework for moving forward -- not just theoretically, but practically! Recommended for people who care about social justice and enjoy intellectual rigor.
A thorough treatment of international feminism with a good balance between requiring expert knowledge and beginner understanding. It effectively demonstrated philosophy's possibility to contribute concretely to international human rights.
Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and...moreMore about Martha C. Nussbaum...