Nussbaum to discuss 'radical evil' at Steinkraus Lecture

Martha NussbaumRenowned philosopher Martha Nussbaum will be the guest speaker at SUNY Oswego’s 18th annual Warren Steinkraus Lectures on Human Ideals on Saturday, March 4.

“Radical Evil in Liberal Democracies” is the title of her lecture, after which she will field questions from the audience. The program will begin at 2:15 p.m. in Sheldon Hall ballroom on the Oswego campus. Admission will be free.

Dr. Jean Chambers, associate professor of philosophy at Oswego, will give opening remarks.

Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, where she has taught for the past 11 years. She has also taught philosophy, classics and law at Harvard, Brown and Oxford universities.

She is the author of a dozen books, most recently “Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership,” published by Harvard University Press in the fall. She has also edited 13 books. Her earlier works focused on ancient Greek and Roman ethics and contemporary ethics. Her more recent works include reflections on contemporary social issues.

The Chronicle of Higher Education described Nussbaum as “a powerful public speaker” who “mixes passion and intellect” and projects “an aura of grace at the lectern.”

A group of faculty, staff and students at SUNY Oswego has been reading and discussing two of her books this year in advance of her appearance on campus. Nussbaum is scheduled to meet with them the day before the Steinkraus Lecture.

Nussbaum received her doctorate from Harvard University. She is a past president of the American Philosophical Association. From 1986 to 1993, she was a research adviser at the World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki. She has received honorary degrees from 25 colleges and universities around the world, and her books have received many awards.

The Steinkraus Lectures were founded in honor of Oswego philosophy Professor Warren Steinkraus, who retired in 1987 and died in 1990. He was co-founder of the Gandhi-King Society and associate editor of the philosophy journal Idealistic Studies. The annual event at SUNY Oswego champions the ideals to which he was committed, including social justice, equality, peace and nonviolence.

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(Posted: Feb 16, 2006)