Martha Nussbaum Lectures

Martha Nussbaum Lecture Series

Nussbaum, Martha 3 11-2010 preferredThis biennial keynote lecture is in honor of Martha C. Nussbaum, the HDCA's co-founding president. Each Nussbaum Lecture is given by a leading international thinker on one or more of the topics that have been central to Nussbaum’s work on capabilities and human development. These topics include foundational aspects of the idea of capabilities; the relationship between capabilities and human dignity; justice, rights, and the importance of constitutional order; the role of emotions in political solidarity and its opposite; the importance of the humanities and liberal education for democratic citizenship; feminism and gender justice; and discrimination, tolerance, and multiculturalism.

The first annual Martha Nussbaum Lecture was organized in 2014, at the HDCA conference in Athens, Greece. The lectures that have taken place so far:

  • 2015: Seyla Benhabib, Yale University. “Democratic Iterations and Cosmopolitan Human Rights: A New Paradigm
    for the Dialectic of Law and Politics"
  • 2014: Philip N. Pettit, Princeton University. "A Brief History of Liberty - And its Lessons"