I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Nussbaum, who is a philosopher, and the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago.
She is on the Berkeley campus to deliver the 2006-2007 Forester Lectures.
Some of her publications include Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions, Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform of Liberal Education, The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy, and Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach.
; born May 6, 1947) is an American philosopher and the current Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, a chair that includes appointments in the philosophy department and the law school.
She has a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism, and ethics, including animal rights.
She also holds associate appointments in classics, divinity and political science, is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a board member of the Human Rights Program. Nussbaum is the author or editor of a number of books, including The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Sex and Social Justice (1998), The Sleep of Reason (2002), Hiding From Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004), and Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006).
Nussbaum was born in New York City, the daughter of George Craven, a Philadelphia lawyer, and Betty Warren, an interior designer and homemaker; during her teenage years, Nussbaum attended the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr.
She described her upbringing as "East Coast WASP elite..sterile, very preoccupied with money and status".She would later credit her impatience with "mandarin philosophers" as the "repudiation of my own aristocratic upbringing. This period also saw her marriage to Alan Nussbaum (divorced in 1987), her conversion to Judaism, and the birth of her daughter Rachel, who is currently a history professor at The Evergreen State College. Isaiah Israel in Chicago's Hyde Park, chanting from the Parashah Va-etchanan and the Haftarah Nahamu, and delivering a D'var Torah about the connection between genuine, non-narcissistic consolation and the pursuit of global justice.I don't like anything that sets itself up as an in-group or an elite, whether it is the Bloomsbury group or Derrida". Nussbaum's interest in Judaism has continued and deepened: on August 16, 2008 she became a bat mitzvah in a service at Temple K. When she became the first woman to hold the Junior Fellowship at Harvard, Nussbaum received a congratulatory note from a "prestigious classicist" who suggested that since "female fellowess" was an awkward name, she should be called hetaira, for in Greece these educated courtesans were the only women who participated in philosophical symposia.She studied theatre and classics at New York University, getting a BA in 1969, and gradually moved to philosophy while at Harvard University, where she received an MA in 1972 and a Ph D in 1975, studying under G. Nussbaum then moved to Brown University, where she taught until 1994 when she joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty.Her 1986 book The Fragility of Goodness, on ancient Greek ethics and Greek tragedy, made her a well-known figure throughout the humanities.More recent work (Frontiers of Justice) establishes Nussbaum as a theorist of global justice.