Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Unseld Lectures 2010


Program 2010
Lecture: "Liberty of Conscience", June 22, 8 p.m., Audimax
Interdisciplinary Colloquium: June 24, 8 p.m., Audimax
Summer School: June 21-25, FORUM SCIENTIARUM

In 2010, the American philosopher Martha Nussbaum was guest of Unseld Lectures.

Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She made a name for herself quite early with her interpretation of Aristotle, which broke with prevailing views on the philosophy of antiquity. She soon expanded her subject area and published mainly works on issues of moral philosophy in modernity. In doing so, Martha Nussbaum often dealt with issues at the intersection between ethics, public morality, literature and feminism. She has been considered to be one of the most prominent representatives of enlightened feminism, which also addresses the social conditioning of preferences and needs, as well as compassionate understanding. In her recent books, Martha Nussbaum discusses the importance of emotions to which she attaches an independent scientific value. Moreover, she is known for 'Capabilities Approach' in collaboration with Amartya Sen, which elevates the enabling of free development of the person to the criterion of social justice. Her book "Liberty of Conscience" is a discourse on the relationship between religion and legal system in the United States.

Martha Nussbaum has received several literary prizes and over thirty honorary awards for her scholarship. She has had numerous guest professorships, among others in Paris (1984), Oxford (1986-1987), Oslo (1994 and 1998) and Harvard (2007). Major publications: "Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach" (2000), “Upheaval of Thought” (2001), "Frontiers of Justice" (2006), "Liberty of Conscience" (2008), From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010).