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Functions: I. A function in mathematics is a relation between a set of inputs and a set of outputs, where each input is related to exactly one output. The set of inputs is called the domain of the function. Functions can be represented by formulas, graphs, or tables. For example, the function f(x) = x^2 is represented by the formula y = x^2, which takes any number as input and returns its square as output. The graph of this function is a parabola. II. In psychology, functions refer to the various mental processes and behaviors that enable individuals to adapt and interact effectively with their environment. These include cognitive functions like perception, memory, and reasoning, as well as emotional and social functions like regulating emotions, forming relationships, and making decisions.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Martha Nussbaum on Functions - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 896
Functions/Nussbaum: Relevance of political freedoms coincide (12). However, her preoccupation with Aristotle and Marx gives her the figure of a "truly human functioning", on the basis of which she not only concretizes the list of cabilities, but also typologizes it ("basic, internal, combined")(1).
Brocker I 902
10 central human functional capabilities according to Nussbaum: 1. life; 2. physical health; 3. physical integrity; 4. ability to use the senses, imagination and thoughts; 5. emotions; 6. practical reason; 7. community as (a) life with others and (b) social basis for self-respect; 8. relationship and care for other living beings as well as nature; 9. playing; 10. control over one's own environment, namely (a) as political participation and (b) material as economic basis for freedom of action; (c) material as economic basis for freedom of action.(2)
The individual capabilities cannot be weighed against each other, but must all be guaranteed.

1. Martha C. Nussbaum, Women and Human Development. The Capabilities Approach, Cambridge 2000, p, 13.
2. Ebenda p. 78-80

Sandra Seubert, „ Martha C. Nussbaum, Women and Human Development (2000)“, in:Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

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Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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