Talk:Fundamental human needs

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Table placement[edit]

The table ought to appear above the References section, but I don't know how to make that happen. Brian Jason Drake 08:08, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Criticism section[edit]

There should be one. The comment below may be a critcism of the article, rather than the subject. It is not mine.

'Speaking of the table, it introduces a contradiction in the article. "Leisure" is listed as one of nine needs, but the article lists eight needs and states that "Contrary to popular belief, recreation is not considered a fundamental human need."'

I would add my criticism of the subject that 'work' appears in several of the 36 cells. This this surprising, because work is an indirect way of getting nutrition via money and thence food. It may also provide things like purpose, mastery, autonomy [cf Daniel Pink] and opportunities for companionship, fellowship and the like, but these things can logically all be got from other sources, so 'work' is not fundamental as it reduces to other attributes/components.

About your last remark that work is not fundamental: the article is about fundamental needs, not about fundamental actions, so work doesn't need to be fundamental to deserve a place in the table. Lova Falk talk 09:36, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

More perspectives[edit]

It would be nice to see more perspectives included in this page, like from the work of Tony Robbins and Cloe Madanes, Abraham Maslow, and so on. This page, insofar, seems to reflect the work of only one institute and leader.

availability of key text[edit]

The main reference on which this article depends is no longer at the location given, on the author's official site. I wonder if this is because of copyright issues? There is one at http://www.area-net.org/fileadmin/user_upload/papers/Max-neef_Human_Scale_development.pdf but it is not at all clear whether this is an authorised copy, freely available, or not. Simon Grant (talk) 05:20, 29 December 2014 (UTC)