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“I used to be a libertarian when I was 12”: Martha C Nussbaum answers Prospect’s questions

In this month's brief encounter, the philosopher and author discusses singing, running—and why her favourite quotation is from Mozart

By Prospect Team   December 2017

What was the first news/historical event you can recall?

The Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954, which I listened to on the radio, as a child of six, while my mother went shopping. I am told that long before that, I was coached to answer the question “Who will be the next president?” by answering “Dewey,” a terrible error!

I was 18 months old at the time of that election, and I’m sure I could have mouthed “Dewey,” though probably the correct answer, “Truman,” was a little more than my mouth could handle,…

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