Beyond the Social Contract: Capabilities and Global Justice

  title={Beyond the Social Contract: Capabilities and Global Justice},
  author={Martha Craven Nussbaum},
  journal={Oxford Development Studies},
  • M. Nussbaum
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Oxford Development Studies
The dominant theory of justice in the western tradition of political philosophy is the social contract theory, which sees principles of justice as the outcome of a contract people make, for mutual advantage, to leave the state of nature and govern themselves by law. Such theories have recently been influential in thinking about global justice. I examine that tradition, focusing on Rawls, its greatest modern exponent; I shall find it wanting. Despite their great strengths in thinking about… 

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