Martha Nussbaum

is professor of philosophy and law at the University of Chicago. Her books include The Quality of Life (with Amartya Sen) (1993); Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions; and The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future (2006).


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Liberalism needs love

A conversation with Martha Nussbaum

A ban on the burqa in a country such as France, if applied consistently and without bias, would lead to bans on numerous practices in the majority culture, insists Martha Nussbaum. But while tolerance is essential, what liberalism really needs right now is love and compassion.

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Philosophy and public life

Interview with Martha Nussbaum

Political philosopher Martha Nussbaum discusses philosophy’s capacity to influence public life; the future of political liberalism and the role of the state; and her critique of radical feminist thinkers including Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin.

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