By Diogenes articles Dec 14, You have to hand it to Deborah Solomon, the NYT Magazin e's ace slow-pitch southpaw: her cheerful groveling has the invariable if unintended effect of letting lions turn themselves into asses. Ass of the Week is professional thinkeress Martha Nussbaum. Some highlights from the interview:. What can you tell us about the state of ideas in America?
It's not every day that a US politician cites a political philosopher, and since I follow both of these worlds, when it happens, I take notice with help from Ben Smith. You may have noticed that Mike Huckabee was recently quoted thus on gay relations:. Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the 'ick factor,' but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn't work the same. He took some stick for that ick factor business, and rightly so. By way of explaining himself, he cited the work of University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum, a big thinker and an ardent defender of gay marriage rights through straight herself FWIW. Smith again:.
Martha C. Nussbaum has built her storied career on championing underdogs. Now, the influential philosopher and humanist is turning her attention toward the entire animal kingdom. The University of Chicago scholar argues for both an ethical revolution and new legislation to protect animals against mistreatment, including the poaching of elephants and rhinos and the devastation of natural habitat through climate change and human greed. But how do we create a wholly new approach to protect diverse animals?
T he moral philosopher Martha C. Was the fear there all along? Fear is ubiquitous in human life.