Martha Nussbaum: Human Rights or Human Capabilities?

The idea of human rights has been an essential idea in Western thought since the renaissance.  Activists, philosophers, politicians and poets grappled with the concept of social justice throughout the last two centuries.  Coming to a greater understanding and application of social justice in the twenty-first century requires an approach that relates past struggles to the present in an appropriate context, but addresses contemporary injustice without relying on Western assumptions and stereotypes. Philosopher Martha Nussbaum, for example, points out that … Continued