Martha Nussbaum

March 19, 2013, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Salomon 001, 69-91 Waterman Street: Martha Nussbaum -- Lecture

"Religious Pluralism and Socratic Self-Examination: Countering Cultures of Fear"

Why did Switzerland, a country of four minarets, vote to ban those structures? How did a proposed Muslim cultural center in lower Manhattan ignite a fevered political debate across the United States? In this lecture, Nussbaum surveys such developments and identifies the fear behind these reactions. Drawing inspiration from philosophy, history, and literature, she suggests a route past this limiting response and toward a more equitable, imaginative, and free society.

A reception will be held immediately following the Q&A session, at the Faculty Club, One Magee Street.

For more information about Nussbaum's visit to Brown, scheduled to take place March 18-22, click here.

This lecture is sponsored by The Humanities Initiative, Philosophy Department, The Cogut Center, The Program for Ethical Inquiry, and the Political Philosophy Workshop.

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, where she also is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School and the Political Science Department.  From 1986 to 1993, she was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University.  Nussbaum’s published books include: Aristotle's De Motu Animalium (1978); The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986, updated 2000); Love's Knowledge (1990); The Therapy of Desire (1994); Poetic Justice (1996); For Love of Country (1996); Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997); Sex and Social Justice (1998); Women and Human Development (2000); Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001); Hiding From Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004); Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006); The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future (2007);  Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality (2008); From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010); Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010);  Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011) ; The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012); and Philosophical Interventions: Book Reviews 1985-2011(2012). She has edited 15 books.  Nussbaum currently is working on the book Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, which will be published by Harvard in 2013.