Creating Capabilities by Martha C. Nussbaum

Creating Capabilities

If a country's Gross Domestic Product increases each year, but so does the percentage of its people deprived of basic education, health care, and other opportunities, is that country really making progress? If we rely on conventional economic indicators, can we ever grasp how the world's billions of individuals are really managing? In this powerful critique, Martha Nussbaum argues that our dominant theories of development have given us policies t...

Details Creating Capabilities

TitleCreating Capabilities
Release DateMar 31st, 2011
PublisherBelknap Press
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Economics, Politics, International Rel..., International Development

Reviews Creating Capabilities

  • Brad Nelson
    This book is a difficult to read introduction to the liberal/progressive approach to solving sociopolitical issues in developing nations. My experiences in poverty and developing nations leads me to disagree with her assumptions and suggested solutions.Without going into great depth, my disagreements with Nussbaum on the topic is fundamental and philosophical. Nussbaum's approach to problems are generally to pursue larger government involvement i...
  • Ashley Mebert
    makes intelligent suggestions on the theory of capabilities. but unnecessarily detailed without saying much new. An entire book that should have remained a shortened journal publication or published love letter to ex-boyfriend Sen.
  • Kony
    On my second read I found less to love, more to question -- because, between reads, I've lived more life and witnessed more lofty theories mooted by messy realities. Nussbaum's well-intended ideas have pushed research in promising directions. BUT. Many devilish details occupy the space between her idealized policy goals and their actual implementation in diverse contexts. Thus her proposals are less practically helpful, and less globally exportab...
  • Sarah
    Considering I read this for a module at university, it was actually really interesting. Nussbaum makes some great points and I found myself agreeing with her a lot. It is also written for the general reader so the language is not too technical and it is easy to understand. This is a great book for all those interested in learning a bit more about the human development approach in developmental theories.
  • Ryan
    Nussbaum has a cutting mind and is on the forefront of modern ethics. This book is a fine example of her well-contextualized, practical, thinking.
  • Joseph Morris
    I came to this book looking for context on human rights: theoretical bases, and how have have been developed since the Universal Declaration of Human rights was drafted in 1947-48. It's not quite the primary purpose of this book -- which is more to describe the capabilities approach to human development that Nussbaum developed with Amartya Sen, and in some ways Sen feels like a ghost co-author to the book since he's mentioned so many times. Never...
  • Hannah Scanlon
    Nussbaum succinctly argues for the human development approach of economic theory. This approach finds its center in human capabilities and its commitment in the equal dignity of all human beings regardless of race, class, religion, gender, nation, or caste. It's central belief is that all lives are capable of equal human dignity. By offering a focus on quality of life and social justice that is also grounded in political neoliberal roots, Nussbau...
  • Arthur Davis
    An interesting account of fundamental rights, and a good effort to outline a solid list of them from a single starting point. Nussbaum takes a lot of inspiration from Rawls and Mill, and it shows in her analysis. One noticeable flaw is her reluctance to take her ideas to their logical conclusion, which seem to point up and out from the standard boundaries of the liberal democratic tradition. It's definitely a good work to read to establish a base...
  • Chris Emmerson
    Excellent summary of Nussbaum's conception of the capabilities approach, clearly set out for the general reader, but with careful attention to how the approach in general relates to other theories of welfare (historic and contemporary) and how her version aligns or differs with those of other scholars, particularly Amartya Sen. This context alone makes it essential for anyone with an interest in this area, but there is also a very clear summary o...
  • Hannah Spadafora
    A little dry in some places ( not uncommon in philosophy) and there are some points I disagree with, but her central claim of what rights people should have protected, what duties this implies on behalf of the state and institutions, and that all humans ( and non- human animals) deserve divinity is solid. Also she is very clear in her writing ( somewhat uncommon in philosophy) - this makes her work accessible to even a lay audience.
  • Micah
    A good example of the hubris of Man: although social programs can make us use our capabilities for better or worse (Nussbaum is at her best here), the capabilities themselves are God-given—the desire to "create" new capabilities is a sign of the evil desire to use science and technology to recreate humanity! Job 35:7
  • Caleb
    Nussbaum provides a far-reaching critique of economic theory and in doing so defends a version of the capability approach developed by Sen. The clarity of the author's writing, makes this book especially suitable for students of the social sciences without a strong philosophical background
  • Gordon D
    Sometimes unwarrantedly critical of Rawls; some of those critiques miss the mark. But still provides some crucial insights. Excellent challenge to other egalitarian theories. Superior to most, if not all.
  • Mason Davis
    Martha Nussbaum attempts to ground her political science in a neoliberal framework that fails to take seriously the deep convictions of religion, politics, and ethical implications. This is another cosmopolitan take on basic human development ideas.
  • Keerthi Vikas
    My review :- https://keerthivikasmylearinings.word...
  • Z. J. Pandolfino
    Martha Nussbaum is one of the twenty-first century’s most influential ethicists, feminists, and political philosophers. Her capabilities approach to human development, first championed by Amartya Sen, another prominent economist and philosopher, provided the theoretical foundation for the United Nations’ Human Development Index, which accounts for non-monetary developmental factors like life expectancy, education, and adult literacy, in addit...
  • Billie Pritchett
    Martha Nussbaum's Creating Capabilities is a powerful statement on ways in which societies can promote justice through encouraging the development of certain capacities that are essential to what it means to be a human being. Nussbaum gives a list of what she calls the "Central Capabilities," capabilities without which people cannot flourish in a decent society and which would make for necessary conditions for the society to be called just. She w...
  • Eugene Kernes
    This book tries to expand on how we evaluate countries. Rather than just a single number, like GDP, the Capabilities Approaches takes into account more factors which impact everyday life. Economies are dynamic, this book has done a good job at looking at more than just a few indicators for explaining an economies strength and weaknesses. An entire chapter was dedicated to other approaches and where they fail in a country evaluation. As the author...
  • Madhuri
    The author seems to touch on interesting points but the suggested solutions to these lofty problems are weak, and moreover, poorly explained.The book does offer a decent introduction to development economics.
  • Lucy
    If you know nothing about the capabilities approach or, indeed, development then this is the book for you.It's a straightforward (if sometimes longwinded) argument for the capabilities approach; a defined set of 'capabilities' which we are all (as humans) entitled to and which a government should strive to provide every citizen under their care.I thought the best thing about the book was the succinct manner in which Nussbaum debunks other develop...
  • Christopher Brennan
    Really solid introductory text on the Capabilities Approach as its examined in Economics, Law, and Philosophy. Nussbaum synthesizes the trans-disciplinary material in a solid way so that the non-expert can understand the moving parts, but without some foundation you might miss some of the broader connections.
  • John
    This is a fairly concise introduction to the capabilities approach to theories of justice, though I'm not quite sure who the book is aimed at. It gets pretty in the weeds with the various flavors of utilitarianism and competing theories for the general reader, but lacks the footnotes and other editorial apparatus an academic audience would expect.
  • Lisa
    I appreciate this way of thinking about the world, and had hoped this would be a short, accessible way to share them with my friends, but the conversation here is too internal. Look for other Nussbaum books to get a better view of what she is arguing.
  • Earl
    A very timely read considering that the APEC has just finished and the Philippines has just signed a lot of deals. This is not to mention that we have been measuring our development in terms of economic productivity alone.
  • Stedwards
    Great intellectual move in development circles, tougher to see her insistence she is not making a metaphysical claim, especially read in a theology course. Useful for my future work, very accessible, will assign to undergrads.
  • Richard
    For those dedicated to social engineering (In a good way) the world to a better place for people this is a book for you. For me it was good and WAY to in depth for me. I just couldn't finish it, I tried, but it is a very serious and very detailed read.
  • Susan
    Gotta love Martha Nussbaum. And this was such a clear argument for her primary contribution, the Capabilities Approach. I found myself saying, "Yes of course" to just about everything she said.
  • Simon
    Nussbaum presents a well-argued and convincing thesis. She has taken some complex concepts and explained them well in and simple terms.
  • Joy Curtis
    This was a great view on humanity and the natural capability of the human soul.
  • Ericka
    Perfect for undergrad philosophy course on Global Justice.