Martha C. Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum: Ethics and Political Philosophy, Vortrag und Kolloquium in Münster 2000, hrsg. v. Angela Kallhoff, Münster: Lit, 2001 (ISBN 3-8258-4881-7).


The philosophical writings of Martha C. Nussbaum, Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, are distinguished by their synthesis of different research areas and by their treatment of current socially controversial issues. In her ethical and political philosophy, Nussbaum gives detailed readings of works from acient Greece and Rome, interpreting classical texts with a view to their relevance for contemporary questions. Her "capabilities-approach", developed through her work on Aristotle, has become an established part of political philosophy and of the ethics of the good life. Spurred by her involvement with international organizations, Nussbaum has also employed her philosophical program to confront and investigate ways of solving problems of social justice. In this volume, Nussbaum's work is examined in the context of current philosophical debates, with discussions other thinking on the relationship of literature and ethics, on feminism, on the politics of international development, and on the idea of cosmopolitanism.


  • Martha C. Nussbaum: Duties of Justice, Duties of Material Aid: Cicero's Problematic Legacy
  • Attila Karakus, Dean Moyar u. Michael Quante: Let's Talk About Love: The Limits of Perception In Nussbaum's Ethical Thought
  • Christoph Halbig u. Andreas Vieth: How (not) to Pity Those Far Away: Universalism and the Emotions
  • Norbert Jörmann, Frauke A. Kurbacher u. Christian Suhm: Universal Capabilities vs. Cultural Relativism: Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach under Discussion
  • Bernward Gesang: Internal Rationality as a Criterion for Decisions for Good Life
  • Angela Kallhoff u. Judith Schlick: Liberal Communities: Why Political Liberalism Needs a Principle of Unification
  • Burkhard Hafemann u. Christoph Jedan: Fragility and Happiness
  • Kirsten Brukamp: Elements of Eudaimonia: Capabilities and Fuctionings
  • Niko Strobach: 'Mi casa es tu casa' - Why Aristotle Is Not the Socialist Nussbaum Would Like Him To Be
  • Svenja Flaßpöhler, Josef Früchtl, Fedor B. Hoppe, Stefanie Schlüter, Christiane Tiemann u. Sonja Yurtcu: Metaphysics and Postfeminism
  • Katharina Hanel u. Ludger Jansen: Reading for the Good Life?
  • Martha C. Nussbaum: Love Literature, and Human Universals: Comments on the Papers
  • Notes on Contributors