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Intellectual motion-sickness

Martha Nussbaum is one of the few philosophers who engages with a broad audience. It's a shame that her new book is such a mess

By Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson  

"According to me..."

Martha Nussbaum is notable among professors of philosophy in having a public reputation. Newspaper profiles can’t help but mention her “distinctive, even glamorous, public presence” or that she “emanates detached academic cool.”  Q & A’s begin by pinning adjectives to her such as “foremost”, “eminent” or “provocative.” She writes prolifically about popular subjects like education, gender, sexuality, religious tolerance, and human rights, and she is keen to put her ideas into practice. Nussbaum has taught law…

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