The Ethical Foundations of Social Policy: Martha Nussbaum and Dependency

Cristina Guirao Mirón


New societies require social polities based upon renewed ethical values. We are witnessing the regeneration of the ethical models that nourish social policy in a more inclusive manner, being more acquiescent with diversity than are the classical social contract and justice theories. This paper examines the regeneration of these ethical foundations from contemporary paradigms of thought, such as Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen’s, in contrast to the ones proposed by Rawls and contractarianism. Special focus is put on the problem of dependency in our societies. The conclusions drawn advocate for an inclusive social contract that embraces the diversity of human functionings and capabilities. This work also discusses the reasons why a regeneration of ethical models shaping the theories of justice, which are the core of our social order, is essential.


dependencia, enfoque de las capacidades, Martha Nussbaum

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