Thursday, March 08, 2012

Happy International Women's Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day I thought I’d publicize two books by one of my favorite contemporary philosophers, Martha C. Nussbaum,* whose latest work, Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011) is necessary reading. She penned two related books prior to this that are equally important: Sex and Social Justice (1999), and Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach (2000).

* My favorite work by her, however, remains The Therapy of Desire: The Theory and Practice of Hellenistic Ethics (1994). In fact our dog was named in honor of the Roman Stoic philosopher, Gaius Musonius Rufus. Musonius Rufus, as Nussbaum informs us, was the teacher of Epictetus, and penned a short tract, utterly remarkable for its time, “That Women Too Should Do Philosophy.”

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