Philosophical Interventions: Reviews 1986-2011

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 24, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 419 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
1
Womens Lot
17
Sex in the Head
27
Undemocratic Vistas
36
Recoiling from Reason
53
The Bondage and Freedom of Eros
69
Our Pasts Ourselves
79
The Chill of Virtue
93
Disabled Lives Who Cares?
246
When She Was Good
259
Dr True Self
274
For Once Clear to See
285
The Founder
289
Epistemology of the Closet
301
The Prohibition Era
308
Man Overboard
319

Venus in Robes
103
Justice for Women
115
Divided We Stand
130
Looking Good Being Good
138
Feminists and Philosophy
149
Unlocal Hero
167
Foul Play
177
If Oxfam Ran the World
187
The Professor of Parody
198
Experiments in Living
223
Review
234
Legal Weapon
330
Review
338
Texts for Torturers
361
Stages of Thought
367
The Passion Fashion
378
Becky Tess and Moll
386
Examined Life Inheriting Socrates
392
Representative Woman
396
American Civil War
405
INDEX
408
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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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