Martha Nussbaum, feminist philosopher

"After that experience, she understood the need to discuss feminism since a universalistic perspective, transcending any cultural relativism, which in most of the cases, justify the violence and discrimination against women."  
Por Antonio López
Jun 16, 2022

When I was trying to decide what author should be worth sharing with you, I rapidly thought of one incredible author that I greatly admire, from whom we can learn a lot. This author is the feminist philosopher, Martha Nussbaum. 

The first time I knew about her was when I was doing a research about the feminist literature in 2017, at University of Monterrey, when I was student. I discovered her book: Women and Human Development (1999). In that book, she discussed the inequalities that women suffer around the world, particularly in poor countries. 

This was a book that was provoked by her experience in India.

After that experience, she understood the need to discuss feminism since a universalistic perspective, transcending any cultural relativism, which in most of the cases, justify the violence and discrimination against women.  

Martha Nussbaum was born in New York, on May 6th, 1947. She has a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University and most of her works have an aristotelian perspective. 



Maybe you’re wondering why am I writing about this author if she’s a philosopher and this section is about economics. Well, I’m writing about her because her work has had a great impact on development economics, especially in feminist economics. 

She has worked with one of my favorite writers, economists and philosophers, Amartya Sen. They have written about the “capabilities focus”, which is centered in discussing and understanding development through an emphasis in real freedom (what people can/can’t really do). 

Although Amartya Sen was the one who developed this theory, Nussbaum gave it a feminist focus, which has enriched economics feminism literature. 

I totally recommend you to read Martha Nussbaum. If you are someone interested in feminism and philosophy, definitely this is an author you should read. Some of the books that you can read, and I recommend, are:

  • Women and Human Development (1999) (the one I already mentioned)
  • Sex and Social Jusice (1999) and
  • Building Capabilities: A Proposal for Human Development (2020).  

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Antonio López

Antonio López

Founder of The Bookish Man.
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