Martha C. Nussbaum

2022 Balzan Prize for Moral Philosophy

For her sustained contribution to a wide range of philosophical topics that together redefine our understanding of our ethical being; for her transformative reconception of the goals of social justice, both globally and locally; and for her willingness to bridge the divide between the academy and the wider community.

Martha C. Nussbaum, born in 1947 in New York, is a US citizen.

She is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department, University of Chicago. She is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department, and a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies.

She received her BA from New York University and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, and Oxford University.

Martha C. Nussbaum has received honorary degrees from sixty-five colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, including Harvard University, Lawrence University, Williams College, the University of Athens (Greece), the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), the University of Toronto, the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), the Hebrew University (Israel), Emory University, the University of Bielefeld (Germany), Ohio State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, the University of the Free State (South Africa), the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), the Weizmann Institute (Israel), and the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico).

She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Among her awards are the Grawemeyer Award in Education (2002), the University of Chicago Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2001), the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (2010), the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences (2012), the American Philosophical Association’s Philip Quinn Prize (2015), the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy (2016), the Don M. Randel Prize for Achievement in the Humanities from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2018), the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture (2018), and the Holberg Prize (2021).

Martha C. Nussbaum has written 27 books and published over 500 articles.

Among her most important publications (translated into many languages):

Justice for Animals: Our Collective Responsibility. Simon and Schuster, in final page proof, publication scheduled for January 2023

The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis. Simon and Schuster, 2018

Anger and Forgiveness (The John Locke Lectures in Philosophy, Oxford University). Oxford University Press, New York, 2016

Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice. Harvard University Press, 2013

Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach. Harvard University Press, 2011

Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. New edition, with new Preface by the author (pp. xiii-xxiv) published 2016

Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006

Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004

Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions, The Gifford Lectures for 1993. Cambridge University Press, 2001

Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach. Cambridge University Press, NY, 2000

Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education. Harvard University Press, 1997

The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics. Princeton University Press, 1994. Updated edition, with new Introduction, 2009

Love’s Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature. Oxford University Press, NY and Clarendon Press, England, 1990

The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy. Cambridge University Press, 1986. Updated edition with new Introduction, 2001Aristotle’s De Motu Animaliium. Princeton University Press, 1978.

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