- The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory
- List of Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Introducing Environmental Political Theory
- Environmental Political Theory and the History of Western Political Theory
- Culture and Difference: Non-Western Approaches to Defining Environmental Issues
- Environmental Political Theory and the Liberal Tradition
- Environmental Political Theory and Republicanism
- Human Nature, Non-human Nature, and Needs: Environmental Political Theory and Critical Theory
- Environmental Political Theory, Environmental Ethics, and Political Science: Bridging the Gap
- Environmental Political Theory’s Contribution to Sustainability Studies
- Environmental Political Theory and Environmental Action Research Teams
- “Nature” and the (Built) Environment
- Theorizing the Non-human through Spatial and Environmental Thought
- Challenging the Human X Environment Framework
- Environmental Management in the Anthropocene
- Floral Sensations: Plant Biopolitics
- Cosmopolitanism and the Environment
- Sustainability— Post-sustainability— Unsustainability
- Population, Environmental Discourse, and Sustainability
- Are There Limits to Limits?
- Green Political Economy: Beyond Orthodox Undifferentiated Economic Growth as a Permanent Feature of the Economy
- Environmental and Climate Justice
- Environmental Human Rights
- Responsibility for Climate Change as a Structural Injustice
- Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene Meme
- The Limits of Freedom and the Freedom of Limits
- Bodies, Environments, and Agency
- Cultivating Human and Non-human Capabilities for Mutual Flourishing
- Consumption and Well-being
- Capital, Environmental Degradation, and Economic Externalization
- Environmental Governmentality
- Political Economy of the Greening of the State
- Environmental Science and Politics
- Democracy as Constraint and Possibility for Environmental Action
- Environmental Authoritarianism and China
- Global Environmental Governance
- Global Environmental Justice and the Environmentalism of the Poor
- Indigenous Environmental Movements and the Function of Governance Institutions
- Reimagining Radical Environmentalism
- Framing and Nudging for a Greener Future
- Citizenship: Radical, Feminist, and Green
- Ecological Democracy and the Co-participation of Things
Abstract and Keywords
The commitment to human flourishing in various traditions of political thought has been an important bridge between anthropocentrically conceived political theory and the more encompassing concerns of biocentrism and eco-centrism in environmental political theory. This chapter explores how this commitment has been developed and applied by scholars drawing on the theory of human capabilities—or “capabilities theory”—to imagine and construct an environmentally and ecologically just democratic politics. Treating the natural environment as both a component and condition of human flourishing, some have engaged capabilities theory without challenging anthropocentrism. Others have drawn on and expanded the theory to specify the non-human capabilities of animals, species, and the systems that comprise the natural world. Regarding non-human beings and ecosystems as having a dignity that makes them worthy of recognition as intrinsically valuable ends, these scholars use capabilities theory to include non-human beings and ecosystems as subjects of political justice.
Breena Holland is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and The Environmental Initiative, Lehigh University.
Amy Linch is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Pennsylvania State University.
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