THE SOCIAL EDGE INTERVIEW: AUTHOR AND PHILOSOPHER MARTHA NUSSBAUM
by Gerry McCarthy
Martha Nussbaum is a philosopher and Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She has taught at numerous universities including: Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Brown, and Stanford.
Nussbaum has been the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees. This past spring she received a Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. She has also written over 12 books, including: Upheavals of Thought, Hiding From Humanity, Women and Human Development, Cultivating Humanity, and Sex and Social Justice.
Nussbaum’s new book Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, and Species Membership was recently published by Harvard University Press. I reached her in Chicago to speak about the book.
Gerry McCarthy: In Frontiers of Justice you write that: "Ideas shape the way policymakers do their work. That is why, from its very inception, the capabilities approach has contested the idea of development as economic growth, insisting on the idea of ‘human development.’ Re-conceiving development as ‘human development’ does influence the goals that policymakers pursue and the strategic ones they choose." Are you hopeful more North American politicians will re-conceive development as human development? Could this lead to a reduction in poverty, an improvement in education, and a better health care system in the U.S.?