The Capability Approach, Technology and Design

  • Ilse Oosterlaken
  • Jeroen van den Hoven

Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jeroen van den Hoven
      Pages 27-36
  3. Technology

  4. Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Colleen Murphy, Paolo Gardoni
      Pages 173-188
    3. Crighton Nichols, Andy Dong
      Pages 189-201
    4. Alexandre Apsan Frediani, Camillo Boano
      Pages 203-222
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-258

About this book


The capability approach of Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen places human capabilities at the centre stage of discussions about justice, equality, development and the quality of life. It rejects too much emphasis on mere preference satisfaction or resource provision and highlights the importance of human agency and freedom. This approach has already significantly influenced different fields of application, like economics and development studies. Only recently have scholars started to explore its relevance for and application to the area of technology and design, which can be crucial factors in the expansion of human capabilities. How does technology influence human capabilities? What difference could a capability approach make to policies and practices of applying ICT in development processes in the South? How can we criticize and improve the design of technology from the perspective of the capability approach?

The authors of this volume explore the implications of the capability approach for technology & design and together create the first volume on this emerging topic.


Capability Space Emerging ICT Enhanced technology One Laptop per Child Technology and Democrazy

Editors and affiliations

  • Ilse Oosterlaken
    • 1
  • Jeroen van den Hoven
    • 2
  1. 1., Philosophy section, Faculty of TPMDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands
  2. 2., Philosophy section, Faculty of TPMDelft University of TechnologyDelftNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-3878-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-3879-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7202
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7210
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