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A Theory of Human Need

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Palgrave

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10 October 1991

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Rejecting fashionable subjectivist and cultural relativist approaches, this important book argues that human beings have universal and objective needs for health and autonomy and a right to their optimal satisfaction. The...

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Rejecting fashionable subjectivist and cultural relativist approaches, this important book argues that human beings have universal and objective needs for health and autonomy and a right to their optimal satisfaction. The authors develop a system of social indicators to show what such optimization would mean in practice and assess the records of a wide range of developed and underdeveloped economies in meeting their citizens' needs

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Prefaces
Introduction
PART I: RELATIVISM AND THE PROBLEM OF HUMAN NEED
Who Needs Human Needs?
The Inevitability of Human Needs
The Grammar of Human Needs
PART 2: A THEORY OF HUMAN NEED
The Basic Needs of Persons
Societal Preconditions for Need Satisfaction
Human Liberation and the Right to Optimal Need Satisfaction
Optimising Need Satisfaction in Theory
PART 3: HUMAN NEEDS IN PRACTICE
Measuring Need Satisfaction
Health and Autonomy Intermediate
Needs Societal Preconditions for Optimising
Need Satisfaction
Charting Human Welfare
PART 4: THE POLITICS OF HUMAN NEED
Towards a Political Economy of Need Satisfaction
The Dual Strategy.

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