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Capabilities, human value and profound disability : Capability theory and its application to theatre, music and the use of humour
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    JOUR
  • Authors:
    Vorhaus J
  • Publication date:
    2015
  • Journal:
    Disability and Society
  • Volume:
    30
  • Issue:
    2
  • Print ISSN:
    0968-7599
Abstract
According to capability theory, we can identify everything that is of fundamental importance in the lives of people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and disabilities if we take full account of their human capabilities. In this paper I both acknowledge the contribution of capability theory to our understanding of the condition of profoundly disabled people and express some scepticism about the extent of that contribution, suggesting that there is more to the value of a human being than an audit of their capabilities might reveal. I explore human capabilities as discussed by Martha Nussbaum, and in connection with theatre, music and the use of humour.
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