Amartya Sen's Capability Approach to Education: A Critical Exploration


  • Madoka Saito

Madoka Saito, 2-6-12-803 Shirosaki-machi, Oita-city, Oita 870-0045, Japan. Email:


This article examines the underexplored relationship between Amartya Sen's ‘capability approach’ to human well-being and education. Two roles which education might play in relation to the development of capacities are given particular attention: (i) the enhancement of capacities and opportunities and (ii) the development of judgement in relation to the appropriate exercise of capacities.