The Seeley Lectures: Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach Series Number 3 (Hardback)
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The Seeley Lectures: Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach Series Number 3 (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 13/03/2000
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In this major book Martha Nussbaum, one of the most innovative and influential philosophical voices of our time, proposes a kind of feminism that is genuinely international, argues for an ethical underpinning to all thought about development planning and public policy, and dramatically moves beyond the abstractions of economists and philosophers to embed thought about justice in the concrete reality of the struggles of poor women. Nussbaum argues that international political and economic thought must be sensitive to gender difference as a problem of justice, and that feminist thought must begin to focus on the problems of women in the third world. Taking as her point of departure the predicament of poor women in India, she shows how philosophy should undergird basic constitutional principles that should be respected and implemented by all governments, and used as a comparative measure of quality of life across nations.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521660860
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'An important book. It presents a rich, nuanced argument that is both intellectually rigorous and attuned to practical dilemmas.' New York Times
'This book is an important contribution to the increasing dialogue between Western and Third World feminists, and should be read by anyone interested in international development.' Susan Okin, Stanford University
' ... important, original, and moving ... Nussbaum's book shows how philosophy can engage life, and improve it.' Joshua Cohen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
'Women and Human Development is an enormously thought-provoking contribution which is highly recommendable to development academics and practitioners alike.' Jocelyn L. Dejong and Tariq Tell, University of Manchester
'... Nussbaum's book has a particular strength. It shows how a philosophical theory can both be informed by experience and aim at transforming experience. Through this book's reading, one realizes the importance of philosophy in global ethics.' Julie Custeau, Philosophy in Review
'This is a challenging book, refreshingly different from most works on international ethics ... an excellent example of practical philosophy.' Australian Journal of Philosophy
'This book is the most extensive and systematic of the many important contributions which Martha Nussbaum has made to feminist philosophy and to the development of the capabilities approach.' Oxford Academic Journals
"Women and Human Development is an important book. It presents a rich, nuanced argument that is both intellectually rigorous and attuned to practical dilemmas." New York Times Book Review
"Women and Human Development is an important book. It presents a rich, nuanced argument that is both intellectually rigorous and attuned to practical dilemmas...eloquent." The New York Times Book Review
"Philosophically ambitious, politically daring and morally insistent, Women and Human Development hopes to shake the complacent reader into realising just how dire the conditions are under which so many women around the world try to live, work and love." London Review of Books
"Theological ethicists who believe that feminist global ethics need not be culturally relativist nor committed to a kind of abstraction that 'turns the mind away from reality' should find in Women and Human Development a stimulating argument that attends to both experience and philosophical grounding yet is open to the significant contributions of religious traditions and their scriptural interpretations. This book should stimulate interest among generalists as well as professional ethicists and scholars in philosophy and religious studies." Religious Studies Review
"This is a must-read book for international development specialists, and will greatly reward others willing to invest some effort and thought in it." Choice
"A powerfully argued proposal for a turn to 'quality of life' as privileged criterion in discerning just distribution and access to social and material goods in civil society. A vital text for studies in development, economic ethics, feminist ethics, theories of justice, human rights, women's studies." Center for Women and Religion
"This book is an important contribution to the increasing dialogue between Western and Third World feminists, and should be read by anyone interested in international development." Susan Okin, Stanford University
"The ringing defences of universalism, liberalism and human rights in the early chapters of Sex and Social Justice [Nussbaum; Oxford University Press] are expanded and revised in Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach." The London Review of Books
"I found myself caught up in Nussbaum's arguments, and when I taught Women and Human Development to a seminar filled with antiliberal graduate students, this book gave them a terrific challenge.... Even those who strongly disagree with liberalism and are strong supporters of cultural diversity and relativism will be forced to confront the questions Nussbaum raises and to think critically about these issues. Political philosophers can ask for nothing more." American Political Science Review
"Theological ethicists who believe that feminist global ethics need not be culturally relativist nor committed to a kind of abstraction that 'turns the mind away from reality' should find in Women and Human Development a stimulating argument that attends to both experience and philosophical grounding yet is open to the significant contributions of religious traditions and their scriptural interpretations. This book should stimulate interest among generalists as well as professional ethicists and scholars in philosophy and religious studies." Religious Studies Review

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