Martha C. Nussbaum - "Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation" - Jonathan S. Masur

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Martha C. Nussbaum

Martha C. Nussbaum will discuss Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation. She will be joined in conversation by Jonathan S. Masur.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event


About the book: In this essential philosophical and practical reckoning, Martha C. Nussbaum, renowned for her eloquence and clarity of moral vision, shows how sexual abuse and harassment derive from using people as things to one’s own benefit—like other forms of exploitation, they are rooted in the ugly emotion of pride. She exposes three “Citadels of Pride” and the men who hoard power at the apex of each. In the judiciary, the arts, and sports, Nussbaum analyzes how pride perpetuates systemic sexual abuse, narcissism, and toxic masculinity. Citadels of Pride offers a damning indictment of the culture of male power that insulates high-profile abusers from accountability. Yet Nussbaum offers a hopeful way forward, envisioning a future in which, as survivors mobilize to tell their stories and institutions pursue fair and nuanced reform, we might fully recognize the equal dignity of all people.

About the author: 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, the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in 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 The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis and Citadels of Pride and Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability.

About the interloctuor: Jonathan S. Masur is the John P. Wilson Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and director of the Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Program in Behavioral Law, Finance and Economics. He is the co-author of Happiness and the Law (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and co-editor (with Martha Nussbaum and others) of Cannons and Codes: Law, Literature, and America’s Wars (Oxford University Press, 2021). His scholarship concerns a broad range of subjects in administrative law, patent law, and behavioral law & economics.

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