Quo Vadis? The Capability Space and New Directions for the Philosophy of Educational Research

HART, Caroline (2009). Quo Vadis? The Capability Space and New Directions for the Philosophy of Educational Research. Studies in Philosophy and Education,, 28 (5), 391-402.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11217-009-9128-4


Amartya Sen’s capability approach creates an evaluative space within which individual well-being is considered in ways that diverge from dominant utilitarian views. Instead of measuring well-being based on the accumulation of wealth and resources by individuals and nations, the capability approach focuses on the opportunities (capabilities) an individual has to choose and pursue a life they have reason to value. The capability space is introduced with an explanation of Sen’s evaluative framework. It is claimed that conceptions of well-being are inextricably linked to our values and views of what constitutes justice, the ‘good life’ and notions of human flourishing. The paper invites philosophical reflection on how the capability approach can inform the development of a research paradigm that furthers our understandings of individual well-being and human flourishing. A specific focus is given to what more can be done to assist children and young people in making the best of their situation in negotiating a valued life for themselves in which they can flourish.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11217-009-9128-4
Page Range: 391-402
Depositing User: Kate Wallace
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2013 11:09
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 23:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6888

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