Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, with appointments in the Philosophy Department, the Law School, and the Divinity School. Her most recent book is Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach. (January 2001)


Disabled Lives: Who Cares?

Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency

by Eva Feder Kittay

Life As We Know It:A Father, a Family, and an Exceptional Child

by Michael Bérubé
Sesha, daughter of the philosopher Eva Kittay and her husband Jeffrey, is a young woman in her early thirties. Attractive and affectionate, she loves music and pretty clothes, and responds with joy to the affection and admiration of others. Sesha sways to music and hugs her parents. But she will …

Feminists and Philosophy

A Mind of One's Own: Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity

edited by Louise M. Antony, edited by Charlotte Witt
—And mustn’t there be a type of woman that loves philosophy, and another type that hates it? —Yes, both of these. Plato, Republic 456A We’ll encounter opposition, won’t we, if we give women the same education that we give to men, Socrates says to Glaucon. For then we’d have …

Justice For Women!

Justice, Gender, and the Family

by Susan Moller Okin
As Bangladesh was struggling to recover from the disastrous famine of 1974, Saleha Begum’s husband fell ill, and they were forced to sell their land. Like most women in rural Bangladesh, Saleha had never been trained to work outside her home. Although she raised her children almost single-handedly and did …

Recoiling from Reason

Whose Justice? Which Rationality?

by Alasdair MacIntyre
In the second book of the Politics, Aristotle asks whether it is a good thing to encourage changes in society. Should people be offered rewards for inventing some change in the traditional laws? No, he writes, because this would lead to instability and unnecessary tampering with what is working well.