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Habilitation, Health, and AgencyA Framework for Basic Justice$
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Lawrence C. Becker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917549.001.0001

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Concepts and Conceptions

Concepts and Conceptions

Basic Justice and Habilitation

(p.13) 1 Concepts and Conceptions
Habilitation, Health, and Agency

Lawrence C. Becker

Oxford University Press

Section 1 of this chapter outlines the concept of basic justice and argues that it is worthwhile to confine attention to it for the remainder of the book. Section 2 introduces in some detail the concept of habilitation and argues that it is a particularly illuminating tool for examining basic justice. Section 3 examines two types of normative theory that appear to have especially close conceptual connections to habilitation (capability theories; dependency and care theories). The habilitation framework proposed here is then distinguished from them. Section 4 suggests that habilitation into a robust form of health is a project central to the human condition itself rather than to a particular normative theory, and that the habilitation framework could in principle provide a theory-independent framework for normative theories of basic justice generally.

Keywords:   basic justice, habilitation, capability theories, dependency, care theories, robust health

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