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    DescriptionHow can we achieve and sustain a "decent" liberal society, one that aspires to justice and equal opportunity for all and inspires individuals to sacrifice for the common good? In this book, a continuation of her explorations of emotions and the nature of social justice, Martha Nussbaum makes the case for love. Amid the fears, resentments, and competitive concerns that are endemic even to good societies, public emotions rooted in love--in intense attachments to things outside our control--can foster commitment to shared goals and keep at bay the forces of disgust and envy. Great democratic leaders, including Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr., have understood the importance of cultivating emotions. But people attached to liberalism sometimes assume that a theory of public sentiments would run afoul of commitments to freedom and autonomy. Calling into question this perspective, Nussbaum investigates historical proposals for a public "civil religion" or "religion of humanity" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Auguste Comte, John Stuart Mill, and Rabindranath Tagore. She offers an account of how a decent society can use resources inherent in human psychology, while limiting the damage done by the darker side of our personalities. And finally she explores the cultivation of emotions that support justice in examples drawn from literature, song, political rhetoric, festivals, memorials, and even the design of public parks. "Love is what gives respect for humanity its life," Nussbaum writes, "making it more than a shell." "Political Emotions" is a challenging and ambitious contribution to political philosophy.

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    Political Emotions
    Why Love Matters for Justice
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martha C. Nussbaum
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 420
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 816 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674724655
    ISBN 10: 0674724658

    BIC E4L: POL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.1
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BISAC V2.8: PHI005000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JPA
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T General Subject: 650
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    BISAC V2.8: POL032000
    B&T Approval Code: A10170000, A40080000
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    DC22: 320.019
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    DC23: 320.019
    Thema V1.0: JMQ, JPA
    LC classification: JA71 .N88 2013
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    04 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Review quote
    There s no more interesting or persuasive writer on the wider and connected subjects of emotions and social justice than Martha Nussbaum Here she brings together strands that go back to her own The Fragility Of Goodness" (1986), and in the process delivers a book as important in its way as John Rawls s definitive but slightly bloodless A Theory of Justice." Here, she draws on aesthetics as well as philosophy to make her point It s a great book, though, and goes straight on the shelf beside John Rawls. Political morality for the new age.--Brian Morton"Glasgow Herald" (11/02/2013)"