Martha C. Nussbaum on Thinking Beyond Anger

“Mandela’s project was political; but it has implications for many parts of our lives: for friendship, marriage, child-rearing, being a good colleague, driving a car. And of course it also has implications for the way we think about what political success involves and what a successful nation is like. Whenever we are faced with pressing moral or political decisions, we should clear our heads, and spend some time conducting what Mandela (citing Marcus Aurelius) referred to as ‘Conversations with Myself’. When we do, I predict, the arguments proposed by anger will be clearly seen to be pathetic and weak, while the voice of generosity and forward-looking reason will be strong as well as beautiful.”



  1. Hi Rhys,

    I don’t believe that we’ve met before but I’ve been following your blog for a while now; I thoroughly enjoy its eclecticism. I was wondering if it would be possible to give a little notice to let folks know that my book on Samuel Beckett’s How It Is has been published by Edinburgh University Press.

    Also, I’m happy to do a question and answer interview by email if you’d like.

    Hope our paths cross one day!


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    • Hi Anthony! Thank you for your kind comments about my blog. I would be delighted to interview you about your recent book. Since I do not have your contact details, if you could get in touch with me via this website’s Contact page we can take things from there. Best wishes, Rhys


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