Reasoning about Human Development
prof. Jack Vromen and prof. Ingrid Robeyns
Over the last few decades, the economist-philosopher Amartya Sen has been refining a ‘Capability Approach’ for human development that emphasises the achievement of the kind of lives people have reason to value. Such a life is a combination of intrinsically valuable ‘beings and doings’ (such as being sufficiently nourished), together with the actual capabilities to achieve them (such as being able to buy nutritious food). My thesis attempts to develop the philosophical character of this project, focussing on its ethical and political components.
My background is in philosophy at the University of Durham in the UK (BA & MA) but I was drawn to the field of philosophy and economics by the unique MA programme here at Erasmus.
Ethics, political philosophy, rationality, development, economic methodology.