Sex and Social Justice by Martha C. NussbaumSex and Social Justice by Martha C. Nussbaum

Sex and Social Justice

byMartha C. Nussbaum

Paperback | August 15, 2000

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What does it mean to respect the dignity of a human being? What sort of support do human capacities demand from the world, and how should we think about this support when we encounter differences of gender or sexuality? How should we think about each other across divisions that a legacy ofinjustice has created? In Sex and Social Justice, Martha Nussbaum delves into these questions and emerges with a distinctive conception of feminism that links feminist inquiry closely to the important progress that has been made during the past few decades in articulating theories of both nationaland global justice. Growing out of Nussbaum's years of work with an international development agency connected with the United Nations, this collection charts a feminism that is deeply concerned with the urgent needs of women who live in hunger and illiteracy, or under unequal legal systems. Offering aninternationalism informed by development economics and empirical detail, many essays take their start from the experiences of women in developing countries. Nussbaum argues for a universal account of human capacity and need, while emphasizing the essential role of knowledge of local circumstance.Further chapters take on the pursuit of social justice in the sexual sphere, exploring the issue of equal rights for lesbians and gay men. Nussbaum's arguments are shaped by her work on Aristotle and the Stoics and by the modern liberal thinkers Kant and Mill. She contends that the liberal tradition of political thought holds rich resources for addressing violations of human dignity on the grounds of sex or sexuality, provided thetradition transforms itself by responsiveness to arguments concerning the social shaping of preferences and desires. She challenges liberalism to extend its tradition of equal concern to women, always keeping both agency and choice as goals. With great perception, she combines her radical feministcritique of sex relations with an interest in the possibilities of trust, sympathy, and understanding. Sex and Social Justice will interest a wide readership because of the public importance of the topics Nussbaum addresses and the generous insight she shows in dealing with these issues. Brought together for this timely collection, these essays, extensively revised where previously published, offerincisive political reflections by one of our most important living philosophers.
Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Among her many publications is Love's Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature (OUP 1990).
Title:Sex and Social JusticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 5.79 × 8.82 × 1.3 inPublished:August 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unpacking preconceived ideas Love this book. Bought it for a Sex and Politics class but like a number of Nussbaum's books, I keep turning to it.
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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionPart I: Justice1. Women and Cultural Universals2. The Feminist Critique of Liberalism3. Religion and Women's Human Rights4. Judging Other Cultures: The Case of Genital Mutilation5. American Women: Preferences, Feminism, Democracy6. Equity and Mercy7. A Defence of Lesbian and Gay RightsPart II: Sex8. Objectification9. Rage and Reason10. Construction Love, Desire, and Care11. "Whether from Reason or Prejudice": Taking Money for Bodily Services"12. Platonic Love and Colorado Law13. Sex, Truth, and Solitude14. Sex, Liberty, and Economics15. The Window: Knowledge of Other Minds in Virginia Woolfs's 'To The Lighthouse'

Editorial Reviews

"Animated by an acute moral sensibility, at once level-headed and erudite, open and committed, literate and concrete, Sex and Social Justice gives us this philosopher for our time at her engaged luminous scintillating best."--Catharine A. MacKinnon, Professor of Law, University of Michigan LawSchool