Thinkers: Academic Action Figure: THE LIFE OF THE MIND

THE LIFE OF THE MIND

You don't see many philosophers around these days, and when you do, they often seem to be playing word games or obsessing about theories of no practical importance. Not Martha Nussbaum. She is a philosopher who approaches the life of the mind with her sleeves rolled up. Good philosophy, she believes, should make a difference in the world.

Nussbaum's philosophy has. Acting on her conviction that philosophers should be "lawyers for humanity" (as her beloved Seneca put it), she has thrown herself repeatedly into the public arena--citing Plato on the witness stand in a Colorado courtroom, for example, to argue...

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