Author, philosopher, legal scholar, and Princeton University Press author Martha Nussbaum was featured on Book TV’s In Depth this past Sunday, June 6th. During the three-hour-long live program, Nussbaum discussed with host Peter Slen her body of work, which includes sixteen books that she has either written or co-written, as well as questions of today’s legal education and the meaning of global citizenship.
Regarding her role as the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School, she says that her role is to “teach normative theory of social justice,” or, simply put, “how things should be.” Part of that is looking to the world and asking, “What are our responsibilities to the rest of the world, and how do they balance out against the responsibilities that we hold to our own children and our own fellow citizens?”
Nussbaum also discussed her latest title, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities and why the book addresses her belief that liberal arts education is in danger:
All over the world, countries are worried about the global market, and they want to grab a larger share in the global market or keep their share as the case may be, and so they’re focusing increasingly on education that produces short term profit … the pedagogy that goes with it is also something I’m worried about. If you ask, ‘What does it take for democracy to survive into the future?’, I’m very worried because I think you need citizens who are not passive, who know how to ask critical questions, how to analyze an argument.
The entire program can be viewed on Book TV’s website, or on Book TV on Saturday, June 19th at 9 am (ET).
More information on Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities can be found here.