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Taking the work of Martha Nussbaum as one point of departure, this contribution addresses three questions related to capabilities theory: how it can reconcile its pursuit of universal ethical principles with a world of diversity; whether it can liberate itself from neoliberal discourse; and whether it can deal with compassion and care. The challenge for global justice is to gain universal acceptance through dialogue and mutual transformation between paradigms. This requires a modification of Eurocentric orientations in moral reasoning to overcome differences of epistemic practices.