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Susan Neiman To Lecture on Moral Clarity April 28


Professor Susan Neiman will deliver the Robert M. Cover Lecture in Law and Religion on Monday, April 28, at Yale Law School. Neiman’s topic will be “Achieving Moral Clarity: Reflections For Grown-Up Idealists.” The lecture takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127 and is free and open to the public.

“Both the longing for, and the fear of moral clarity animate current political struggles, but neither the left nor the right has an adequate understanding of either,” says Neiman. “This lecture will examine contemporary political discourse, including the current presidential campaign. It will argue that a progressive political outlook depends on a return to a robust Enlightenment, whose values are not merely the negative ones of tolerance and fairness, but the more substantive demands for happiness, reason, reverence and hope.”

Susan Neiman is Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany, an institution devoted to a democratization of the intellectual process. She is author of numerous books, including Slow Fire:  Jewish Notes from Berlin and The Unity of Reason:  Rereading Kant.  Her most recent book, Evil in Modern Thought:  An Alternative History of Philosophy, has won several awards and is the inspiration for the upcoming documentary film, “Knowing Evil,” an examination of how the problem of evil has affected consciousness throughout the development of the modern world. She has been featured on several prominent media programs, including NOW with Bill Moyers. 

Neiman holds a B.A. in General Studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy, all from Harvard University.