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Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership

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Theories of social justice are necessarily abstract, reaching beyond the particular and the immediate to the general and the timeless. Yet such theories, addressing the world and its problems, must respond to the real and changing dilemmas of the day. A brilliant work of practical philosophy, Frontiers of Justice is dedicated to this proposition. Taking up three urgent pro ...more
Paperback, 487 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Belknap Press (first published 2006)
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Huma Rashid
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this for my Philosophy of Law class that I took in law school and loved it. It's a great, thought provoking read, and I don't agree with everything in it but I sure did enjoy reading it. I wrote my seminar paper about it and it turned out to be 25 pages long and I still have NO IDEA WHAT THE HELL I WROTE. :|
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
I learned my meat-eating days may be numbered....
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
An ambitious and important book. Taking Rawls as a point of departure, Nussbaum argues that all of humanity is obligated -- collectively -- to support the dignified flourishing of all living creatures, including people with disabilities, people in other countries, and nonhuman animals.

I appreciate her critiques of the social contract tradition: I agree that the "classic" theories of social justice rest on unduly cynical, rationalistic assumptions about people and social relationships. And I like
We live in a world of a growing tide of democracy with open and public reasoning, a tide that brings great promise for human development. And yet various kinds of deep injustice prevail. Is this because our institutions set up to bring justice have failed to deliver, or is it something more deep-rooted, some flaw in foundational aspects of justice? This book goes deep and thorough into the theories of justice as applied to three frontier areas that remain the serious examples of failures of just ...more
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: justice
The book provides a really good vision of what she calls a minimally just society. She wants to bring all people up to a line that we would call a bare minimum for full functioning within the human community. She deals with disabilities in a very creative way. Instead of setting a different level, she chooses to operate on what she calls the species norm. She says that because they are human, they are not simply an advanced form of primate, as some philosophers want to suggest. People with sever ...more
Alexander Stahlhoefer
Uma das abordagens mais interessantes de justiça que já li. Sua proposta de justiça baseada na abordagem das capacitações não tem como proposta uma simples nivelamento da sociedade com ideais utópicos. Ela parte do pressuposto de que todas as pessoas possuem propriedades intrínsecas que em diferentes etapas e situações da vida precisam ser suportadas. Quando as pessoas recebem o suporte de que necessitam para, digamos assim, tirar o máximo de si mesmas, elas conseguem atingir seus alvos pessoais ...more
Gene Bales
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to think
Nussbaum is a wonderfully clear writer (for a philosopher!). She explores questions that have bedeviled contemporary prescriptivist and Kantian moral philosophers, and does so from a perspective relying on both Aristotle and Marx. She calls her approach a "capabilities approach", and it greatly illumines questions about disability, nationality and species membership. While I think her account is very nuanced and careful, there are some moral issues where I would be curious about how her theory c ...more
Michelle Schwarze
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it
An interesting expansion/modification of justice as fairness to tackle concern for the physically and mentally disabled, global justice and animals. It seems to me that Nussbaum tries to have her cake and eat it, too, and that Rawls (or social contract theories, generally) is perhaps not as useless for addressing these questions as she makes him out to be.
Laurens Trommel
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeer sterk en goed pleidooi om mensen met fysieke en/of mentale stoornissen, mensen uit alle landen en streken, en dieren te beschouwen als wezens die respect en waardering verdienen, waardigheid bezitten en waar men rechtvaardig tegenover dient te zijn.
Read through to the end of the disability section (which is what I picked this up for). More social contract studies than disability studies, which I hadn't been expecting but that's fine. Some interesting ideas marred by the author's all-or-nothing approach to being disabled.
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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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