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Habilitation, Health, and Agency: A Framework for Basic Justice

Lawrence C. Becker


This book introduces an unconventional set of background ideas for future philosophical work on normative theories of basic justice. The organizing concept is habilitation–the process of equipping a person or thing with functional abilities or capacities. The specific proposals drawn from the concept of habilitation are independent of any particular set of distributive principles. The result is a framework for theory that includes a metric for the pursuit of basic justice, but not a normative theory of it. The basic idea is that receiving and providing habilitation is a lifelong necessity for ... More

Keywords: justice, health, habilitation, justice metric, physical health, psychological health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199917549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence C. Becker, author
Hollins University, and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, College of William and Mary