Theoretical Framework

  • Jyoti Rao


Philosophical discussions on the theoretical framework of Amartya Sen’s capability theory are taken up under this chapter. Brief discussion on the concept of “justice” and “distributive justice” in this chapter helps in understanding the theoretical position of Sen’s capability in the wider debate on the theories of justice. This chapter explains Sen’s criticism of the contemporary utilitarian theory, followed by defining “capability” and “functionings” and the idea of equality as per Sen. The chapter explains the historical evolution of political institutions parallel to the development of political theories in the English society, and the impact on private property rights. Relevance of applicability of Sen’s capability theory in deriving fairer compensation is explained in this chapter.


Justice Distributive justice Utilitarian theory Well-being Capability Functioning Property rights Political theory 


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  • Jyoti Rao
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