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Publication Detail
Capability, freedom and profound disability
  • Publication Type:
    Chapter
  • Authors:
    Vorhaus J
  • Publisher:
    Routledge
  • Publication date:
    2015
  • Place of publication:
    London
  • Editors:
    Smith R
  • Book title:
    Philosophy of Education II:
  • Keywords:
    capability; freedom; equality; multiple and profound disabilities
Abstract
It has been suggested that capability theory is well suited to assess egalitarian principles of justice as these apply to people with learning difficulties and disabilities. The purpose of this paper is to explore how extensive that assistance is in respect of people whose difficulties are multiple and profound. I am concerned with one aspect of capability theory in particular; namely, the place accorded to the concept and value of freedom. I argue that capability theory exaggerates the importance of freedom as a basic value for egalitarian evaluation.
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