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Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198287971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198287976.001.0001

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Amartya Sen: Capability and Well‐Being

Amartya Sen: Capability and Well‐Being

(p.62) Amartya Sen: Capability and Well‐Being
The Quality of Life

Wulf Gaertner

Oxford University Press

Gaertner explores the aspect of measurability within Sen's capability approach, remarking that it is extremely difficult to determine weighing schemes for set evaluation and a set of basic functionings that captures definitions of what is basic in different cultural contexts. Furthermore, the interdependencies of freedoms and the variance in capability sets over time add to the degree of complexity in the evaluative exercise.

Keywords:   capability, capability sets, evaluation, freedom, functionings, weighing schemes

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