Martha Nussbaum and Ursula Wolf. A counterpoint on "the good life"


  • Rosa Helena Santos-Ihlau Freie Universität Berlin



Ethics, aesthetics, edaimonw, reason, sensitivity, literature, philosopby, Aristotle


This article lays forward a counterpoint between two philosophies that participate in the debate on the question of the good life, between two ambits: on the one hand ethical- traditionally tied to reason and on the other hand aesthetic - traditionally linked to sensitivity. An attempt is made to determine to what extent it may be possible or even advisable to overstep the limits, well-established within the strict confines of modemity, between both fields. Both conceptions, Martha Nussbaum's, in the name of literature and Ursula Wolf's in the name of philosophy send us back to Aristotle and accept in order to deliberate on the matter of the good life, the understanding that both literature and the work of art bring to bear is necessary. Notwithstanding, each adopts its own particular stance and this fosters a broad consideration of the current state of this debate.

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Santos-Ihlau, R. H. (1995). Martha Nussbaum and Ursula Wolf. A counterpoint on "the good life". Estudios De Filosofía, (11), 12–42.



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