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The Monarchy of Fear


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Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy, which is regarded as the most prestigious award available in fields not eligible for a Nobel. She has written more than twenty-two books, including Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions; Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice; Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities; and The Monarchy of Fear.


"Ambitious." --The Guardian
"The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis is an engaging blend of current events, theoretical argument, and examples drawn from literature....Nussbaum's vision is attractive, even inspiring." --Pacific Sun
"Her book weaves together elements of history, philosophy, and human psychology in evaluating of the role fear in contemporary politics--and its dangers." --Chicago Magazine
"It feels like there's been nothing but talk of division in our country since at least 2016, but many of us can't pinpoint how it began. Martha C. Nussbaum attempts to do just that in The Monarchy of Fear." --Bustle

"Like much of Nussbaum's work, it is a philosophy lesson culled from the details of everyday living. And yet what follows is less predictable -- a clear-eyed excavation of the foundation of our fears." --Chicago Tribune
"An elegant and precise stylist, Nussbaum...writes about gut feelings like envy and disgust with an air of serene of the virtues of this slender volume is how gradually and scrupulously it moves, as Nussbaum pushes you to slow down, think harder and revisit your knee-jerk assumptions. [Nussbaum is] a skillful rhetorician...she wants to show how the feeling of fear is primal and therefore universal, reminding us that we were all helpless infants once, dependent on the kindness and mercy of others." --New York Times Book Review
"An engaging and inviting study of humanity's long-standing fear of the other." --Kirkus, starred review
"Noted philosopher, prolific author and University of Chicago professor Martha Nussbaum assesses our current political crisis, which she argues is essentially a politics of blame and fear. From classical thought to the hit musical Hamilton, she uses a variety of examples to illustrate what brought us to this fraught place and how we can move forward." --Chicago Tribune
"Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing one's vulnerability..." --Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker
"Nussbaum's erudite but very readable investigation engages figures from Aristotle to Donald Trump in lucid and engaging prose...Nussbaum offers fresh, worthwhile insights into the animosities that roil contemporary public life." --Publishers Weekly
"One of America's leading philosophers here probes this dangerous fusion of emotions, explaining Trump's twenty-first-century ascendance as part of a distressing human dynamic manifested through history and around the globe...even readers skeptical about Nussbaum's political orientation will welcome this call for an emotionally healthier public life. -- Bryce Christensen, Booklist

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