Martha Nussbaum  

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"'Martha Nussbaum at the University of Chicago Law School has argued strongly to stop using the “politics of disgust” as a basis for legal judgements. She argues instead for John Stuart Mill’s principle of harm, whereby crimes are judged solely on the basis of the harm they cause. It is a contentious view. Others, such as Dan Kahan of Yale Law School, argue that “it would certainly be a mistake – a horrible one – to accept the guidance of disgust uncritically. But it would be just as big an error to discount it in all contexts.” Besides, disgust could never be eliminated from trials, because this would mean never exposing the jury to descriptions of crimes or pictures of crime scenes.'" --Alison George[1]

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Martha Craven Nussbaum (born 1947) is an American philosopher. She has a particular interest in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, political philosophy, feminism, emotion, and ethics, including animal rights.

Nussbaum is the author of a number of books, including The Fragility of Goodness (1986), Cultivating Humanity (1997), Sex and Social Justice (1998), Hiding from Humanity (2004), Frontiers of Justice (2006), and From Disgust to Humanity (2010).

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