Saturday, May 19, 2012

Martha Nussbaum wins Spain's Asturias Prize

Professor Martha Nussbaum has received the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences. The award is given by Prince Felipe of Spain to those whose work in various disciplines “constitutes a significant contribution to the benefit of Mankind.”

Martha Nussbaum was chosen “for her contribution to the Humanities, the Philosophy of Law and Politics and for her ethical conception of economic development. See the press statement here.

Statement by Martha Nussbaum:
“I am thrilled and deeply honored that the Jury of the Prince of Asturias Prize for Social Sciences has decided to award me this prestigious and important prize. It is a recognition that work on such abstract philosophical topics as social justice, human development, and the nature of the emotions can contribute to the creation of a more humane and just world”.

Previous winners of the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences include Anthony Giddens (2002), Jürgen Habermas (2003), Paul Krugman (2004), Ralf Dahrendorf (2007), and Howard Gardner (2011).

Martha Nussbaum is Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Her many books include "The Theory of Desire" (Princeton University Press, 1994), "Poetic Justice" (Beacon Press, 1996), "Cultivating Humanity" (Harvard University Press, 1997), "Women and Human Development" (Cambridge University Press, 2000), "Frontiers of Justice" (The Belknap Press, 2006), "Liberty of Conscience" (Basic Books, 2007), "Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities" (Princeton University Press, 2010) and "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach" (Harvard University Press, 2011).

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