Human Rights and Capabilities

  title={Human Rights and Capabilities},
  author={Amartya Sen},
  journal={Journal of Human Development},
  pages={151 - 166}
  • Amartya Sen
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Human Development
The two concepts — human rights and capabilities — go well with each other, so long as we do not try to subsume either concept entirely within the territory of the other. There are many human rights that can be seen as rights to particular capabilities. However, human rights to important process freedoms cannot be adequately analysed within the capability framework. Furthermore, both human rights and capabilities have to depend on the process of public reasoning. The methodology of public… 
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