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Martha Nussbaum, Essentialism, and Human Sexuality


Carlos A. Ball


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law-Newark

February 1, 2010

Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2010
Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 077

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The type of liberal humanism defended by Martha Nussbaum can be criticized as “essentialist” because it is grounded in commonalities, found across time and place, which allow us to recognize each other as human. I argue in this Essay, however, that Nussbaum’s writings on sex and sexuality are entirely consistent with social constructionist (as opposed to essentialist) understandings of sexual orientation. I also explain why Nussbaum’s liberal humanism, which encourages us to recognize the humanity of those who seem least like us, is a compelling form of argumentation on behalf of sexual minorities.

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Ball, Carlos A., Martha Nussbaum, Essentialism, and Human Sexuality (February 1, 2010). Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2010; Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 077. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1598452

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