U.S.A. / b. May 6, 1947
Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics
The University of Chicago
Dr. Martha Craven Nussbaum has led global discourse on philosophical topics that influence the human condition in profound ways, including contemporary theories of justice, law, education, feminism and international development assistance. She strives to present ethics that effectively promote human welfare amid an environment of globally changing social conditions that often produce
conflict in values and emotions.
Among her best-known achievements is the development of a political philosophy that focuses on human capabilities. Over many years, Dr. Nussbaum worked with
Dr. Amartya Sen, an Indian economist who attempted to reintegrate philosophy and economics and advocated a capability approach to human well-being. Dr. Nussbaum’s version of the “capabilities approach” was created by developing the results of their collaborative research in a unique way. She has advocated a new
idea: that the normative justice should focus on the development of capabilities—what each individual is able to do or be—so people can unlock their potential and flourish. Under the capabilities approach, for example, poverty is reinterpreted as capability deprivation rather than a mere lack of money. Using this theory, Dr. Nussbaum has injected
new insights into the discussion of human welfare policy and forms of assistance to developing countries.
Dr. Martha Nussbaum Presentations
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
with Brian Clack , PhD, Director of the USD Humanitfes Center
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Reservations are required.