Martha Nussbaum

Martha Craven Nussbaum (/ˈnʊsbɔːm/, born May 6, 1947) is an American philosopher and the current Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, where she is jointly appointed in the law school and the philosophy department. She has a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, existentialism, feminism, and ethics, including animal rights. She also holds associate appointments in classics, divinity, and political science, is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a board member of the Human Rights Program. She previously taught at Harvard and Brown.[3][4]

Martha Nussbaum
Martha Craven

(1947-05-06) May 6, 1947 (age 74)
Other namesMartha Craven Nussbaum
EducationWellesley College (dropped out)
New York University (BA)
Harvard University (MA, PhD)
Notable work
  • The Fragility of Goodness (1986)
  • Sex and Social Justice (1998)
  • Hiding from Humanity (2004)
  • From Disgust to Humanity (2010)
(m. 1969; div. 1987)
Doctoral advisorG. E. L. Owen
Main interests
Notable ideas
Capability approach

Nussbaum is the author of a number of books, including The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997), Sex and Social Justice (1998), Hiding from Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004), Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), and From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010). She received the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, the 2018 Berggruen Prize, and the 2021 Holberg Prize.[5][6][7]