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Rights/NussbaumVsSen/Nussbaum: In contrast to Sen, who presents rights as a prerequisite for the formulation of needs, Nussbaum sees the advantages of her theory in starting from abilities and then deducing rights.
Example: Development Policy/Nussbaum: in the context of international development policy, it is apparent, for instance with regard to property rights, that the outcome of
Brocker I 904
capabilities, rather than rights, sharpens the focus on the particularly disadvantaged.
The approach could, for example, legitimise special programmes to create opportunities and capabilities for these disadvantaged people, while the outcome of equal rights would at least make such special programmes more difficult.(1) >Capabilities/Nussbaum.
The language of rights is often (erroneously) linked to the tradition of European enlightenment, which may provoke accusations of westernizing.


1. Martha C. Nussbaum, Women and Human Development. The Capabilities Approach, Cambridge 2000, p, 98f


Sandra Seubert, „Martha C. Nussbaum, Women and Human Development (2000)“, in:Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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