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NEW CAPABILITY INTEREST GROUP

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Amartya Sen’s capability approach was originally developed as an alternative to resourced-based approaches to the evaluation of advantage. The approach draws on the works of Aristotle and John Rawls and has achieved growing momentum as well as sparking debate in many disciplines associated with human development. Key thinkers, including philosopher Martha Nussbaum, have taken Sen’s ideas forward in diverse and controversial ways. The capability approach offers unique insights into the challenges of evaluating human development, ideas of justice and the assumptions which inform the kinds of equalities and freedoms towards which societies are striving.

The purpose of this initial meeting is to invite individuals who are interested in the capability approach to come together to discuss how an interest group on capabilities can facilitate understanding and applications of this approach to human development. The group is potentially of interest to those working in the fields of human development, social justice, transformative education, political participation and poverty reduction. The group will be based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge but welcomes those from disciplines and faculties beyond education.

One strand of the group’s activities may include a reading group to discuss key works on the capability approach in the context of participants’ own research agendas. Another strand may concentrate on developing new research proposals drawing on the capability approach. We also hope to host some seminars involving key thinkers in the field as well as offering the opportunity for group members to present their own work and ideas in relation to the capability approach.

For further information please contact Caroline Hart, email: cfsscr2@cam.ac.uk. ALL WELCOME !

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