The perfectionism of Nussbaum's adaptive preferences

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Show simple item record Terlazzo, Rosa E. 2014-11-25T13:37:34Z 2014-11-25T13:37:34Z 2014-11-25
dc.description.abstract Although the problem of adaptiveness plays an important motivating role in her work on human capabilities, Martha Nussbaum never gives a clear account of the controversial concept of adaptive preferences on which she relies. In this paper I aim both to reconstruct the most plausible account of the concept that may be attributed to Nussbaum, and to provide a critical appraisal of that account. Although her broader work on the capabilities approach moves progressively towards political liberalism as time passes, I aim to show that her account of adaptive preferences continues to maintain her earlier commitment to perfectionism about the good. I then distinguish between two obligatory kinds of respect for persons, which I call respectively primary and secondary recognition respect. This distinction allows us to see that that her perfectionist account of adaptive preferences allows her to show persons primary but not secondary recognition respect. Ultimately, I claim that an acceptable account of adaptive preferences must succeed in showing persons both types of respect. I conclude with some preliminary remarks on what such an account might look like. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.rights This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Global Ethics on July 1, 2014, available online: en_US
dc.subject Adaptive preference en_US
dc.subject Perfectionism en_US
dc.subject Nussbaum en_US
dc.subject Political liberalism en_US
dc.subject Respect en_US
dc.title The perfectionism of Nussbaum's adaptive preferences en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2014 en_US
dc.citation.doi 10.1080/17449626.2014.931874 en_US
dc.citation.epage 198 en_US
dc.citation.issue 2 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Journal of Global Ethics en_US
dc.citation.spage 183 en_US
dc.citation.volume 10 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid rterlazzo en_US

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