By Julian Culp

Ingrid Robeyns is widely known and highly esteemed for her acute, clear and comprehensive survey articles on the capability approach. In Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice—The Capability Approach Re-Examined (2017) she provides another up-to-date and, for the first time, book-length survey of the capability approach. The book offers, as Robeyns (2017, p. 4) puts it, “a general helicopter view of the approach,” and displays the same virtues of previous surveys: it is analytically rigorous, very well organized, and admirable in its multidisciplinary breadth. The book offers an extremely valuable compass for navigating the increasingly complex and fragmented literature on the capability approach within philosophy and the various disciplines of the social sciences.



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