Professor Martha C. Nussbaum: 'Political Emotions in a Time of Fear: Practices of Hope'

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Professor Martha C. Nussbaum will give a keynote on June 19 at 13-14 o'clock in lecture hall AT128. This lecture is part of the course ‘Ethics, Epistemologies and Capabilities’ and the Eudaimonia Summer school 2019.

A political culture of emotions has seen a rise in the attack on political correctness and is running high in public debates and in the debate on freedom of speech. An emotion that has had a major impact is fear, which is also a reason for a politics of disgust. The politics of disgust play a role in law and public debate and it is projected mainly at women and minorities.

Recent cases of sexual abuse and rape in relation to the asylum seekers especially in Oulu, Finland have prompted discussions around the gendered challenges of migration, and the security of individuals and societies at large. At the same time, it is also crucial to remember that Finland has a long history of interaction level violence, including sexualized violence.

Globalization has produced the feelings of powerlessness in millions of people in the West. That sense of powerlessness is bubbling into the resentment and blame of immigrants, other races or cultural elites. It is important to come together as societies recognize these emotions and accept that we are emotional beings. We are in need for a philosophical analysis of hope suggesting strategies for nourishing hope, faith, and love of humanity to guide us further.

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in Law, Philosophy, and Divinity. She is the author of Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011),  The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (2012),  Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice  (2013), Anger and Foregiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (2016) and The Monarchy of Fear: a Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis (2018) and many others.


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