Philosophical Interventions: Reviews 1986-2011

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Oxford University Press, Jan 2, 2012 - Philosophy - 440 pages
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This volume collects the notable published book reviews of Martha C. Nussbaum, an acclaimed philosopher who is also a professor of law and a public intellectual. Her academic work focuses on questions of moral and political philosophy and on the nature of the emotions. But over the past 25 years she has also written many book reviews for a general public, in periodicals such as The New Republic and The New York Review of Books. Dating from 1986 to the present, these essays engage, constructively and also critically, with authors like Roger Scruton, Allan Bloom, Charles Taylor, Judith Butler, Richard Posner, Catharine MacKinnon, Susan Moller Okin, and other prominent intellectuals of our time. Throughout, her views defy ideological predictability, heralding valuable work from little-known sources, deftly criticizing where criticism is due, and generally providing a compelling picture of how philosophy in the Socratic tradition can engage with broad social concerns. For this volume, Nussbaum provides an intriguing introduction that explains her selection and provides her view of the role of the public philosopher.
 

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Martha Nussbaum is a rare feminist thinker not swept by relativism and post-modern pseudo-logic, yet able to find flaws in the classical liberal tradition and convincingly argue for them. Her review-dialogues with the other great modern thinkers are enjoyable to read Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
Anthony Price Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle
Review of Jane Roland Martin Reclaiming
Review of Roger Scruton
Review of Allan Bloom The Closing of
Review of Alasdair MacIntyre
Review of John J Winkler
Review of Charles Taylor
Judith Butler Excitable Speech The Psychic Life of Power
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
Review of Peter J Conradi
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
Review of Mary Kinzie Drift
Review of Judith M Brown Nehru A Political Life
Review of Kenji Yoshino

Review of Gregory Vlastos
Review of Richard Posner Sex and Reason 103
Judith Shklar The Faces of Injustice in The New Republic
Review of William J Bennett
Review of Anne Hollander
Review of Louise B Antony
A Reath B Herman and C Korsgaard eds Reclaiming
Review of Kristen Renwick Monroe
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Review of Harvey C Mansfield Manliness
Martha Alter Chen Perpetual Mourning
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
Review of Philip Zimbardo The Lucifer Effect
Review of Cristina Nehring
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
Review of Astra Taylor
Review of Stefan Collini Thats Offensive
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Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Love's Knowledge, Sex and Social Justice, Animal Rights (edited with Cass Sunstein), and From Disgust to Humanitiy, among many.

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