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Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice

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Nussbaum stimulates readers with challenging insights on the role of emotion in political life. Her provocative theory of social change shows how a truly just society might be realized through the cultivation and studied liberation of emotions, specifically love. To that end, the book sparkles with Nussbaum’s characteristic literary analysis, drawing from both Western and ...more
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Published October 1st 2013 by Belknap Press
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Dec 05, 2014 Ebnarabi rated it really liked it
كيف يمكن تحقيق والحفاظ على مجتمع ليبرالي مناسب، يطمح إلى العدالة وتكافؤ الفرص للجميع ويلهم الأفراد للتضحية من أجل الصالح العام او قل من اجل المجتمع او الأمة ؟

في هذا الكتاب، تستمر الفيلسوفة العبقرية 'مارثا نوسبام' في بحوثها عن العواطف والمشاعر الانسانية وعن طبيعة العدالة الاجتماعية في المجتمع وتجعل الحب مصدرا وقوة مساعدة او قوة أساسية لتحقيق العدالة والتكافؤ خصوصا وانه ينبع او متجذر من اعماق الانسان من فطرته او من الانسان بما هو إنسان. الحب كما تقول يمكن ان يعزز الالتزام بالاهداف العامّة والمشتر
Sharmila Mukherjee
Oct 15, 2013 Sharmila Mukherjee marked it as to-read
In this book Nussbaum maps out the routes by which men and women who begin in self-interest and ingrained prejudice can build a society in which what she calls “public emotions” operate to enlarge the individual’s “circle of concern”: “If distant people and abstract principles are to get a grip on our emotions … these emotions must somehow position them within our circle of concern, creating a sense of ‘our’ life in which these people … matter as parts of our ‘us’.”

---Stanley Fish
Mar 28, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
Shortly before I read the review of this book which prompted me to order it, I had been thinking about national holidays. In particular (and prompted by the King holiday), I was wondering how the more pluralistic society that America is becoming would mark time and what moments would be celebrated. Many of the existing holidays, of course, have a very Christian tie, but surely some of that is changing (as we something like Super Bowl Sunday becoming more of a holiday and not simply an entertaini ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Marks54 rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting and challenging book. Nussbaum the problem of how to attain the values of political emotions in liberal political systems without diminishing those systems. The value of political emotions is clear to anyone familiar with the importance of ideology for various totalitarian systems and more generally the role of nationalism in modern states. The problem is that while such emotions promote cohesion and unity within states, they do so at the cost of excluding and denigrating ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it
This book is a very well written outline of the political formation of love and its contribution to civil society. I appreciated many things about this book, including its well thought out definitions of the particular emotions it reviews: grief, shame, fear, compassion, love. Although it is primarily concerned with the national sentiment of the United States and India, this is also of interest to Australians (and it does actually even cite Australia as a case towards the end). In particular, it ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
Martha Nussbaum has been a prolific scholar and writer on many subjects, and her erudition as well as her clarity of thought and presentation make her one of the more interesting philosophical writers working today. In this volume she complements and expands on the work in political philosophy of John Rawls by addressing in detail and with precise insights the role of emotions, particularly positive emotions, in the development and functioning of the just political community. Her arguments are f ...more
Bram Van boxtel
Mar 31, 2015 Bram Van boxtel rated it it was ok
It's not that Nussbaum is wrong, but her book is incredibly dull and about 400 pages too long.
Greg Philip
Apr 18, 2014 Greg Philip rated it it was amazing
This is a great book in which Martha Nussbaum uses her conceptions of emotions combined with many events in the political and entertainment wheel. While I do not wish to spoil this wonderful text for any potential readers I can only offer my highest praise and encourage everyone to read it.
Oct 30, 2013 Katrinka rated it liked it
Good ideas and great illustrative examples-- which don't, however, manage to overcome the dryness of Rawls and his fans, and so something gets lost in translating the emotional commitment Nussbaum insists we need. (I'm probably underrating this thing.)
Mar 20, 2016 Camila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es un libro muy diferente a lo que alguna vez había leído. La autora introduce diversas disciplinas que justifican el amor como emoción política fundamental para la sociedad. Me llamó mucho la atención la alusión a piezas musicales, obras teatrales y sus respectivos autores clásicos que relacionan lo "femenino" y lo "maternal" con el amor, y cómo lo masculino es mucho más belicoso e impulsivo.
Nussbaum crea su teoría a partir de autores y líderes de diferentes orígenes como Tagore, Mill, Wa
Sergio Benítez
Aug 26, 2015 Sergio Benítez rated it really liked it
Enseña a las personas a esperar una salvación que no es de este mundo, sino espiritual, en vez de politica; de ese modo "deja a las leyes la sola fuerza que ellas sacan de sí mismas sin añadirles ninguna otra". En segundo lugar, el cristianismo vuelve los pensamientos de las personas hacia su propio interior, pues se las insta a examinar su propio corazón; su doctrina, pues, produce indiferencia ante los acontecimientos políticos. Y en tercer y último lugar, el cristianismo predica la no violenc ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish she could restrain herself from writing such long books...but this one is important and brilliant. Her reading of Comte, Rousseau, Whitman, Tagore, Rawls, and Mozart are brilliant. The content here is a part of a growing and important return to Adam Smith and David Hume's emphasis on emotion in ethics. A lovely and well developed book. Top recommendation.
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Heavy read
Mills College Library
320.019 N975 2013
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Nov 21, 2014 Rambling Reader rated it liked it
Not her best, but still worthwhile to read.
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Professor Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and ...more
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“This day of torment, of craziness, of foolishness—only love can make it end in happiness and joy. —W. A. Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, Le Nozze di Figaro (1786)” 4 likes
“But it is to the school that Tagore devotes central emphasis in The Religion of Man.14 He begins by expressing his lifelong dissatisfaction with the schools he attended: “The inexpensive power to be happy, which, along with other children, I brought to this world, was being constantly worn away by friction with the brick-and-mortar arrangement of life, by monotonously mechanical habits and the customary code of respectability” (144). In effect, children begin as madcap Bauls, full of love, longing, and joy in the presence of nature. Their love of play and their questioning spirit need to be strengthened, not crushed. But schools usually crush all that is disorderly,” 0 likes
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