•  100
    Women and the law of peoples
    Politics, Philosophy and Economics 1 (3): 283-306. 2002.
    John Rawls argues, in The Law of Peoples , that a principle of toleration requires the international community to respect `decent hierarchical societies' that obey certain minimal human rights norms. In this article, I question that line of argument, using women's inequality as a lens. I show that Rawls's principle would require us to treat the very same practices of the very same entity differently if it happens to set up as an independent nation rather than a state within a nation, and I criti…Read more
  •  42
    The complexity of groups: A comment on Jorge Valadez
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (1): 57-69. 2003.
  •  103
    Any defense of universal norms involves drawing distinctions among the many things people actually desire. If it is to have any content at all, it will say that some objects of desire are more central than others for political purposes, more indispensable to a human being's quality of life. Any wise such approach will go even further, holding that some existing preferences are actually bad bases for social policy. The list of Central Human Capabilities that forms the core of my political project…Read more
  •  96
    Transcendence and human values (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 64 (2). 2002.
    Robert Adams has written a most impressive book. To say that it is the major philosophical contribution to theocentric ethics in recent years, given moral philosophers’ general avoidance of religious topics, would be grossly inadequate praise. Nor would that judgment adequately convey the book’s fresh and subtle contributions to many more familiar topics in philosophical ethics, from the nature of ethical language to the virtues to the role of civil liberties in a pluralistic society. Most impre…Read more
  •  90
    Précis of upheavals of thought (review)
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 68 (2). 2004.
    Emotions shape the landscape of our mental and social lives. Like the “geological upheavals” a traveler might discover in a landscape where recently only a flat plane could be seen, they mark our lives as uneven, uncertain, and prone to reversal. Why and how? Is it because emotions are animal energies or impulses that have no connection with our thoughts, imaginings, and appraisals? In the passage from which my title is taken, Proust denies this, calling the emotions “geological upheavals of tho…Read more
  •  528
    Virtue ethics: A misleading category? (review)
    The Journal of Ethics 3 (3): 163-201. 1999.
    Virtue ethics is standardly taught and discussed as a distinctive approach to the major questions of ethics, a third major position alongside Utilitarian and Kantian ethics. I argue that this taxonomy is a confusion. Both Utilitarianism and Kantianism contain treatments of virtue, so virtue ethics cannot possibly be a separate approach contrasted with those approaches. There are, to be sure, quite a few contemporary philosophical writers about virtue who are neither Utilitarians nor Kantians; ma…Read more
  •  46
    How should what economists call “social values” be measured?
    The Journal of Ethics 3 (3): 249-273. 1999.
    Most economists and some philosophers distinguish individual utilities from interpersonal social values. Even if challenges to that conceptual distinction can be met, further philosophically interesting questions arise. I pursue three in this paper, using, as context for the discussion, health economics and its attempt to discern empirically a social welfare function to help guide rationing decisions. (1) To discern these utilities and values in a manner that is morally appropriate if they are t…Read more
  •  260
    Mortal immortals: Lucretius on death and the voice of nature
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 50 (2): 303-351. 1989.
  •  230
    Equity and mercy
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 22 (2): 83-125. 1993.
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    Love's Knowledge
    Oxford University Press. 1990.
    This volume brings together Nussbaum's published papers on the relationship between literature and philosophy, especially moral philosophy.
  • A philosopher and a lawyer-economist examine the challenges of the last third of life. They write about friendship, sex, retirement communities, inheritance, poverty, and the depiction of aging women in films. These essays, or conversations, will help readers of all ages think about how to age well, or at least thoughtfully, and how to interact with older family members and friends.
  • The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics (edited book)
    Princeton University Press. 2009.
  • Index Locorum
    In The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics, Princeton University Press. pp. 531-549. 2009.
  • Introduction
    In The Therapy of Desire: Theory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics, Princeton University Press. pp. 1-12. 2009.