Responsibilities And Rights : The Capability Approach

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Responsibilities & Rights: The Capability Approach

Individual rights are often viewed as inherent rights, but as our society makes ameliorations concerning individual rights, these collections of rights become more likely to encounter opposition. Often, it is generally held that our responsibility to others’ rights is simply to ensure we allow our own expected rights to be the same for our fellow citizens. However, this is not sufficient; mainly because what we expect as our own personal rights often contrast with others’ particular beliefs, and subsequently their rights. Often these difference occur because of religious, political, social, and cultural differences. There are continual claims to rights, and often many of these promulgations of rights are seemingly self-serving (Lloyd). However, without these individual rights, not only would freedom be lost, but also would cultural diversity. Furthermore, social responsibilities ensure the conservation of public health, the safeguard of public safety, among many others. For these reasons, individual and social responsibility must be employed. There must exist the ability and flexibility to protect on an individual level, and a societal level.

Furthermore, when taking a phenomenological approach, personal responsibilities must be met before one can exercise their individual rights and freedoms. According to Ballet, Dubois, and Mahieu, when taking a capability approach, one must understand that, “A capability is then the
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