Grand Theories

The Capability Approach and A Blueprint For Happiness

July 23, 2019 Episode 4
Grand Theories
The Capability Approach and A Blueprint For Happiness
Chapters
00:00:00
Introduction
00:02:35
Happiness
00:06:19
Aversion to Happiness
00:10:20
Flourishing
00:12:58
Sen and Famines
00:16:13
Functionings and Capabilities
00:21:29
Nussbaum and Measuring Well-Being
00:32:02
A World of Capabilities
00:37:20
The Experience Machine
00:41:47
Simulated Capabilities?
00:45:16
End
Grand Theories
The Capability Approach and A Blueprint For Happiness
Jul 23, 2019 Episode 4
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How can we guarantee happiness?
Show Notes Chapter Markers

Happiness is unarguably considered one of the great aims of life. But finding happiness can be a frustrating and confusing process as there are numbers of philosophical pathways to get there. Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen's Capability Approach cuts through this confusion and offers a single way to ensure well-being for each and every person. On this episode we explore the Capability Approach and consider a way toward implementing it using a challenging philosophical thought problem.

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Works cited:

1. Anand, P., Santos, C. and Smith, R. (2008). The measurement of capabilities. In Basu, K. and Kanbur, R. (Eds.) Arguments for a better world: essays in honor of Amartya Sen: volume I: ethics, welfare and measurement. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

2. Aristotle, -. (2011). Nicomachean ethics (R. Bartlett and S. Collins, Trans.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Original work written circa 340 B.C.). 

3. Easterlin, R. (1974). Does economic growth improve the human lot? some empirical evidence. In: David, P. and Reder, M. (Eds.) Nations and households in economic growth: essays in honor of Moses Abramovitz. New York: Academic Press.

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5. Lutz, C. (1987). Goals, events and understanding in Ifaluk emotion theory. In Quinn, N. and Holland, D. (Eds.) Cultural models in language and thought. New York: Cambridge University Press.

6. Nozick, R. (1974). Anarchy, state and utopia. New York: Basic Books.

7. Nussbaum, M. (2011). Creating capabilities: the human development approach. Boston: Harvard University Press.

8. Sen, A. (1981). Poverty and famines: an essay on entitlement and deprivation. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

9. United States Central Intelligence Agency. The world factbook – GDP per capita (PPP). Retrieved from: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2004rank.html

10. United Nations Development Programme. (2014). GDP per capita (2011 PPP $) Retrieved from: http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/gdp-per-capita-2011-ppp

11. [University of Chicago Law School]. (2013). Martha Nussbaum, “Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach” [video file]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYfFGDhbHUk&t=1954s

Introduction
Happiness
Aversion to Happiness
Flourishing
Sen and Famines
Functionings and Capabilities
Nussbaum and Measuring Well-Being
A World of Capabilities
The Experience Machine
Simulated Capabilities?
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