Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Fragility of Goodness

Martha Nussnaum is a favorite philosopher of mine.  I have, since I was 18 or 19 years old owned the text collection of Bill Moyers' "World of Ideas" in which this interview takes place, but I had never seen the original interview... until I found that the full half hour interview is now on YouTube.  How cool!

Nussbaum talks about Greek Tragedy and what they teach us about "the fragility of goodness" -- that even a virtuous person can have their life destroyed and their character polluted by bad luck -- and that it is inevitable that even good, wise people will find themselves from time to time in no-win dilemmas.

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