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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

The group led by Dr Flavio Comim will read and discuss the book 'Political Emotions' by Prof. Martha Nussbaum (Harvard University Press; 1 edition 2013).

Nussbaum book coverAbout the book:

is Martha Nussbaum's latest book about how love is important for achieving and sustaining liberal societies in which people can aspire to justice and equal opportunities. Starting with a discussion about the difficulties of Liberalism in taking on board notions of love and common good, she examines Rosseau, Comte, Mill and Tagore's proposals for cultivating humanity and how public emotions can be seen as an essential element in thinking about the social and political organisation of contemporary societies. She supports the role of subversion and humour in shaping public emotions and argues that the human mind is particularistic in the ways that it forms its emotional judgments. She is concerned about how compassion can be shaped in liberal societies and how moral sentiments can be internalised as part of public policy.

About the group:

All are welcome. The first meeting will take place on Thursday 29 January from 10:00 to 12:00 at St Edmund's College (in Teaching Room 2, ground floor). The group will meet every Thursday thereafter from 10 am to 12 noon during the Lent Term at St Edmund's College (Okinaga Room).

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