A sufficientarian perspective on human development goals

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Each account of justice should substantiate the 'pattern' of distribution; the principles according to which distribution should take place. The role of such principle is to determine when justice obtains, to guide policy decisions, and to determine development goals. In this paper, we will give a possible philosophical underpinning of human development goals by substantiating a 'sufficientarian' pattern of distribution. We will discuss Martha Nussbaum's sufficientarian version of the capabilities approach. Because we find this account wanting, we will develop a multilevel sufficientarian model of justice. On this basis, we will make some suggestions with respect to the practical distribution of social and material conditions of justice, and how this relates to analysing the goals of human development
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÉtica, Agencia, y Desarrollo Humano
Subtitle of host publicationV Conferencia de la Asociación Latinoamericana y del Caribe para el Desarrollo Humano y el Enfoque de Capacidades
EditorsIsmael Muñoz, Marcial Blondet, Gonzalo Gamio
Place of PublicationLima
PublisherFondo Editorial - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-6123172473
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


  • distributive justice
  • capabilities approach
  • Martha Nussbaum
  • sufficientarianism
  • sufficiency


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