Making a living will be hard enough. But living an examined life, instead of living an unexamined life, will probably prove much harder for most Americans today.
But the American experiment in representative democracy requires that we should raise up more people like Socrates than ancient Athens managed to raise up during its experiment in limited participatory democracy. The quality of our American civic life depends on our having an army of people like Socrates to serve as intellectual gadflies to provoke the body politic into thinking and acting in ethical ways, as Martha Nussbaum herself admirably aspires to do in her various books, including her new book with such a terrible title. In any event, I hope that people disregard the title of her book but profit from it.
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