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14 November 2018

Renowned philosopher becomes second Press author in a row to win the prestigious Berggruen Prize

For the second year in a row the prestigious Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture has been won by a Press author.

Professor Martha Nussbaum from the University of Chicago also becomes the second consecutive female scholar to win the prize, which brings with it an award of $1 million.

The prize is given to a thinker ‘whose ideas have helped us find direction, wisdom and improved self-understanding in a world being rapidly transformed by social, technological, political, cultural and economic change.’

Professor Nussbaum is the author and editor of more than 40 books, including six with the Press. In awarding her the Prize, the Berggruen Institute cites how ‘she has used the power of literature to reveal and explore the central place of the emotions: vulnerability, anger and fear in moral and political life.’

This work is reflected in her books with the Press, which include Upheavals of Thought: the Intelligence of Emotions.

Last year’s winner, Onora O’Neill, has published extensively with the Press, most recently releasing a trilogy of her collected essays under the titles Justice across Boundaries, Constructing Authorities and From Principles to Practice.

She has served as chair of both the Equality and Human Rights Commission and of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and has also sat as a member of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission. The Institute recognised how her work had ‘elevated the quality of public life and improved the very vocabulary of public discourse.’

Hilary Gaskin, Philosophy Editor at the Press, said: ‘We are very proud to have published the works of two consecutive winners of this highly respected prize. Philosophy is not something that exists only within the rarefied world of academia, but is a vital tool for helping us to understand ourselves and our increasingly complex societies. 

‘Dr Nussbaum’s work serves as an example of this: it is very topical and strikes a chord with people and has a great reach. It is very much about justice, about the way society’s goods are distributed and how we might do that better.’

She added: ‘By publishing the work of these women and of many other thinkers and scholars, we help to encourage and further debate on the most important issues facing us today – issues both immediate and timeless.’

To celebrate Professor Nussbaum winning the Prize, the Press is offering a 20 per cent discount on three of her books until 31 December, and making some sample chapters available free through Cambridge Core, its online repository of books and journals, until 1 December.

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