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Not For Profit, Eh? Hold on There, Martha Nussbaum!

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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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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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