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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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The Circumstances of Habilitation for Basic Justice

The Circumstances of Habilitation for Basic Justice

(p.30) 2 The Circumstances of Habilitation for Basic Justice
Habilitation, Health, and Agency

Lawrence C. Becker

Oxford University Press

Since habilitation is being proposed here as a framework for theories of basic justice, the proposal should pay some explicit attention to the circumstances under which habilitation is both possible and necessary. This effort will enlarge and reorient standard accounts of the "circumstances of justice." The most fundamental and general circumstances of habilitation have to do with the most fundamental and general facts about our humanness and our need for habilitation. This chapter surveys such factors and the habilitative tasks they generate for human beings. The concluding section condenses and summarizes the circumstances of habilitation into a single item: the practical possibility of creating or sustaining hospitable social environments. It then indicates the way in which focusing on that practical possibility points toward the importance of human health and healthy agency.

Keywords:   circumstances of justice, circumstances of habilitation, habilitative tasks, hospitable environments, human agency

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