Kyoto Symposium at USD

The Kyoto Prize is awarded annually in June by the Inamori Foundation in Kyoto, Japan. This prize recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to society in the fields of advanced technology, basic sciences, and arts and philosophy.  A spring symposium is held in San Diego, offering lectures by the latest Kyoto Prize Laureates and responses by fellow scholars in their fields.  The University of San Diego will host the annual Kyoto Prize Symposium for recognition in Arts and Philosophy on Thursday, March 16.

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Dr. Martha Craven Nussbaum

Dr. Martha Craven Nussbaum is the 2016 winner of the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. A world-renowned philosopher, Dr. Nussbaum proposed the idea of human capabilities as a component of social justice.  This theory of justice provides wider inclusion of all levels of society into the discussion of human welfare by focusing on every individual’s abilities.  Specifically, she believes that we should be asking “what are people actually able to do and to be?  What real opportunities are available to them?” (from Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities).

Dr. Nussbaum will be delivering two presentations on March 16 in recognition of her award. The presentations are free and open to the public, though reservations are required.  Registration information is located at:

Copley Library is currently exhibiting Dr. Nussbaum’s publications and commentary about her philosophical contributions. In addition, to learn more about Dr. Nussbaum and past Kyoto Prize winners, please go to the library research guide at:

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Copley Library exhibit on Dr. Nussbaum, 2016 Kyoto Prize laureate



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