[SydPhil] Capabilities Approaches to Justice: Theory and Practice - Workshop, Macquarie University, Nov 15.

Paul Formosa pc.formosa at gmail.com
Wed Oct 24 08:37:23 AEDT 2012

*Capabilities Approaches to Justice: Theory and Practice***

*Venue:*MGSM, Macquarie University. *Date:*November 15, 2012.

Capabilities theory, originally developed by Amartya Sen, has been 
extremely influential in development contexts as a metric of social 
equality and inequality. More recently, Martha Nussbaum has extended the 
theory, developing a capability-based political philosophy of justice, 
with universalist aspirations. However, despite its influence and 
appeal, significant questions remain concerning some of the foundational 
concepts of capabilities theory, such as Nussbaum's use of the concept 
of human dignity, as well as the justification of the theory and its 
ability to guide concrete social policy decision-making. The aims of 
this workshop will be to critically appraise the theoretical foundations 
of capabilities theory and to investigate the theory's application to a 
range of important practical issues, including disability, healthcare, 
ecological justice, and free speech.

This one day interdisciplinary workshop will be hosted at MGSM, 
Macquarie University, on November 15, 2012. This workshop is jointly 
sponsored by CAVE (the Macquarie University Centre for Agency, Value, 
and Ethics), the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, and the Social 
Justice Initiative, University of Melbourne.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but places are limited, so if 
you would like to attend, can you please register by contacting the 
workshop convener, Dr Paul Formosa, at Paul.Formosa at mq.edu.au

*Program *
9.00am - 9.10am WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION, Professor Catriona Mackenzie 
(Philosophy, Macquarie University)

9.10am - 10.20am 'The Concept of Dignity in Nussbaum and Kant', Dr Paul 
Formosa and Professor Catriona Mackenzie (Philosophy, Macquarie University)

10.20am - 10.40am MORNING TEA

10.40am - 11.50am 'Each to Their Own: Can the Capabilities Approach be 
Legitimate and Justified?', Dr Jeremy Moss (Social Justice Initiative, 
University of Melbourne)

11.50am - 1.00pm 'What can human rights teach us about the capabilities 
approach?', Dr Linda Barclay (Philosophy, Monash)

1.00pm - 2.00pm LUNCH

2.00pm - 3.10pm 'Respecting patients as persons: could capabilities 
thinking help support ethical healthcare?', Professor Vikki Entwistle 
(Social Dimensions of Health Institute, University of Dundee)

3.10pm - 3.30pm AFTERNOON TEA

3.30pm - 4.40pm 'Applying a capabilities approach: universalist 
implications for freedom of speech', Associate Professor Katharine 
Gelber (Politics, University of Queensland)

4.40pm - 5.50pm 'Rethinking Ecological Justice: Capabilities and 
Critics', Professor David Schlosberg (Government, University of Sydney)

5.50pm - 6.00pm CONCLUSION, Professor Catriona Mackenzie (Philosophy, 
Macquarie University)

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