Review of Nussbaum's New Book, 'Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice'

Love and Politics: Reflections on Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice
Walter G. Moss
LA Progressive
November 19, 2013

Our political culture is in the pits. It would be better if it displayed more compassion. The great religions of the world advocate it, as do humane atheistic thinkers like Albert Camus. But our politics too seldom does...

Although in a later essay, I’ll examine the paucity of imagination in our political culture, in this one I’ll concentrate on the need for positive emotions, particularly love and its attendant values compassion and empathy. And I’ll do so via an examination of a new book, Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, by Martha Nussbaum, author of more than a dozen books and a distinguished professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where President Obama also once taught.

I was drawn to her book for several reasons. Skimming through it i