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Faculty of Law

Prof. Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum

Visiting Professor in December 2018

Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Law School and Philosophy Department of the University of Chicago (USA). She is an Associate in the Classics Department, the Divinity School, and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program.

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Prof. Dr. Martha C. Nussbaum


Martha C. Nussbaum received her BA from NYU and her MA and PhD from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, and Oxford University. From 1986 to 1993, while teaching at Brown University, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University.

Positions and Awards

Nussbaum has chaired the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee for Public Philosophy. From 1999 to 2000, she was one of the three Presidents of the Association, delivering the Presidential Address in the Central Division. She has received honorary degrees from sixty colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. She is an Academician in the Academy of Finland, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She has received numerous awards, inter alia the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy (2016) and the Berggruen Prize (2018).


In addition to the twenty-one books Nussbaum has edited, the books written by her include:

  • Aristotle's De Motu Animalium (1978)
  • The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986, 2000)
  • Love's Knowledge (1990)
  • The Therapy of Desire (1994, 2009)
  • Poetic Justice (1996)
  • For Love of Country (1996)
  • Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997)
  • Sex and Social Justice (1999)
  • Women and Human Development (2000)
  • Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001)
  • Hiding From Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004)
  • Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006)
  • The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future (2007)
  • Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality (2008)
  • From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010)
  • 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)
  • Philosophical Interventions: Book Reviews 1985-2011 (2012)
  • Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice (2013)
  • Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (2016)
  • Aging Thoughtfully (2017) mit Saul Levmore
  • The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis (2018)


The University of Zurich invites high-profile women academics for one semester each as Hedi Fritz-Niggli visiting professors in order to heighten the visibility of women professors as role models for junior women academics. The Office for Gender Equality is responsible for the Hedi Fritz-Niggli visiting professorships.
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