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Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  6 reviews
We all age differently, but we can learn from shared experiences and insights. The conversations, or paired essays, in Aging Thoughtfully combine a philosopher's approach with a lawyer-economist's. Here are ideas about when to retire, how to refashion social security to help the elderly poor, how to learn from King Lear -- who did not retire successfully -- and whether to ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think highly of Martha Nussbaum, so I picked up this book as soon as I read about it. Nussbaum is a philosopher at University of Chicago, and Levmore a professor of law. Covering eight different topics concerning aging, such as romance, family inheritance, elder care, both Nussbaum and Levmore have submitted essays on each subject written from their professional perspective. Being of a certain age, I appreciated validation of ideas of which I agree (such as family members caring for their elde ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
A long way from Martha Nussbaum's best book (and with a somewhat self-congratulatory title)--this one alternates chapters by her and by Saul Levmore, her colleague at the U. of Chicago Law School. They don't really engage in conversations (as the subtitle says) as much as write essays on similar subjects, occasionally referring to each other. What I like best about Nussbaum is that she really engages the ancient Greek and Roman ethical philosophers seriously, not just summarizing their work and ...more
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Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Topics in the title sounded a little bit more interesting than the book itself, written by two University of Chicago Law professors. I like the idea of having essays on the same subject addressed by both authors to have more of a dialogue, but Nussbaum's always seemed more lively and less pedantic. A pleasure to have a number of literary works discussed including Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and several Shakespeare plays, including whole essays on Lear. Probably my favorite p ...more
A series of essays about aging that I found to be a bit esoteric. One of the reviewers on this site found certain essays to be a bit of a "slog"and I concur. Some of the literary and philosophical references did go over my head...but that's on me. I think I was looking for advice and content that was more useful. Since this was a store purchase, I hung with this book longer than if I borrowed it from the library.

No doubt, I will pick up the book again and re-read the essays.
Steven Pennebaker
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars though I am the first to admit the initial essays are a bit of a slog. Once they get going though, there's some really engaging thinking in here. I personally found Nussbaum the more stylistically compelling of the two.
A topic that is often viewed with apprehension is embraced here with optimism and buoyed by a dialogue with always thought-provoking and often contrasting views. —Thomas J. Miles
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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