Martha Nussbaum, Philosopher

Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum, a professor at the University of Chicago, is one of the most visible philosophers in the United States. Credit University of Chicago Law School.

She is also known for helping to advance the so-called capabilities approach to economic development, which holds that progress should be measured by things like increases in life expectancy and education, rather than simply by increases in income.

Her work, the prize announcement said, “shows how philosophy, far from being merely an armchair discipline, offers a greater understanding of who we are, our place in the world, and a way to live a well-lived life.”

(Jennifer Schuessler, “Martha Nussbaum Wins $1 Million Berggruen Prize,” NYTimes, 10-30-18)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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1 Response to Martha Nussbaum, Philosopher

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    “progress should be measured by things like increases in life expectancy and education, rather than simply by increases in income.” Well, yes, quite obviously. I think “A Christmas Carol” made that point rather clearly.

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