Martha C. Nussbaum Quotes

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Martha C. Nussbaum Quotes

To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; its based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility.
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Disgust relies on moral obtuseness. It is possible to view another human being as a slimy slug or a piece of revolting trash only if one has never made a serious good-faith attempt to see the world through that person's eyes or to experience that person's feelings. Disgust imputes to the other a subhuman nature. How, by contrast, do we ever become able to see one another as human? Only through the exercise of imagination.

— Martha C. Nussbaum

Knowledge is no guarantee of good behavior, but ignorance is a virtual guarantee of bad behavior.

— Martha C. Nussbaum

But the life that no longer trust another human being and no longer forms ties to the political community is not a human life any longer.

— Martha C. Nussbaum

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