Ph. D Candidate, Graduate Institute of Philosophy, National Central University (Ms. Hsuan-ju Wang )
This paper explores Nussbaum's “capabilities approach” and shows how she built up the basic entitlements of animals through this approach. On the other hand, I also point out the shortcomings of Nussbaum's theory, especially the part she dealt with the conflicts between humans and animals in terms of capabilities development, which she does not provide a clear solution. I propose solutions for Nussbaum's problem in a threefold analysis. The first is the order of value of life of humans and animals. Second, I try to establish different levels of capabilities. Finally, certain moral principles are constructed according to the capabilities approach to help us to solve the conflicts. As a result, Nussbaum's theory would solve more satisfactorily some of the issues of animal justice.



Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University

Life Conservationist Association

HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation


Ministry of Science and Technology,Republic of China

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.

Ministry of Education, R.O.C.

Hsuan Chuang University


Hsuan Chuang University Research Center For Applied Ethics

Buddhist HongShi College