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Ideas of Martha Nussbaum, by Text

[American, b.1947, Professor at Chicago Law School.]

1983 The Golden Bowl, and Lit as Moral Philosophy
II p.141 The Aristotelian idea that choices can be perceived needs literary texts to expound it
1994 The Therapy of Desire
p.112 Philosophers after Aristotle endorsed the medical analogy for eudaimonia [Flanagan]
2003 Rawls and Feminism
03 p.71 Liberals must respect family freedom - but families are the great oppressors of women
2011 Creating Capabilities
1 p.15 Storytelling is never neutral; some features of the world must be emphasised
2 p.19 Liberalism does not need a comprehensive account of value
2 p.33 Capabilities: Life, Health, Safety, Mental life, Love, Planning, Joining in, Nature, Play, Control [PG]
2 p.36 Justice requires that the ten main capabilities of people are reasonably enabled
3 p.54 We shouldn't focus on actual preferences, which may be distorted by injustices
3 p.56 Women are often treated like children, and not respected for their choices
3 p.63 Capabilities are grounded in bare humanity and agency; qualifying as rational is not needed
3 p.65 Rights are not just barriers against state interference; governments must affirm capabilities of citizens
3 p.65 Negative liberty is incoherent; all liberties, to do and to be, require the prevention of interference
3 p.67 Political and civil rights are not separate from economic and social rights
4 p.71 Political freedom is an incoherent project, because some freedoms limit other freedoms
4 p.86 Social contracts assume equal powers among the participants
4 p.92 Any establishment belief system is incompatible with full respect for all citizens
8 p.150 Keep premises as weak as possible, to avoid controversial difficulties
8 p.160 The Capabilities Approach sees animals as agents, not just as having feelings
8 p.161 We should respect animals in the way that we respect the animal nature in humans
8 p.162 It may be no harm to kill an animal which cannot plan for its future
8 p.176 Particularism gives no guidance for the future
8 p.180 Compassion is unreliable, because it favours people close to us