Some excerpts from 25 Jul 16 issue of The New Yorker about Martha Nussbaum, philosopher. Interesting only to me, probably.
- “To be a good human being,” she has said, “is to have a kind of openness to the world, the ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control that can lead you to be shattered.”
- She argued that tragedy occurs because people are living well: they have formed passionate commitments that leave them exposed.
- Nussbaum was wary of the violence that accompanies anger’s expression, but MacKinnon said she convinced Nussbaum that anger can be a “sign that self-respect has not been crushed, that humanity burns even where it is supposed to be extinguished.”…In a 2003 essay, she describes herself as “angry more or less all of the time.”
And from Nussbaum’s Wikipedia page:
Nussbaum’s other major area of philosophical work is the emotions. She has defended a neo-Stoic account of emotions that holds that they are appraisals that ascribe to things and persons, outside the agent’s own control, great significance for the person’s own flourishing.