Applying the Lessons of Ancient Greece

Applying the Lessons of Ancient Greece

Martha Nussbaum

Streaming Video - 1988
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If you don't give your brother a proper funeral, you doom his soul to unrest forever; however, if you save your brother's soul, the state will bury you alive as punishment. Or imagine being told that the only way to save your entire fleet from shipwreck is to sacrifice your own daughter. Wrenching predicaments like those were the stuff of Greek tragedy nearly 2,500 years ago; surely, you say, we don't face dilemmas so difficult in real life today. Or do we? Human goodness is such a fragile achievement, says Martha Nussbaum in this program with Bill Moyers, that leading a moral life sometimes requires more luck than anything else. A professor of philosophy and classics at Brown University, she finds lessons for modern Americans in what the ancient Greeks thought about virtue and tragedy.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Public Affairs Television (Firm), [1988]
Copyright Date: ©1988
Branch Call Number: STREAMING VIDEO
Characteristics: video file,rda
1 online resource (1 video file (27 min., 32 sec.)) : sound, color
Alternative Title: Martha Nussbaum

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