Learning from the Germans
Chair: Simon May
Philosopher Susan Neiman grew up in the segregated American South during the civil rights movement. She has spent most of her adult life in a Germany still coming to terms with its Nazi past. Susan, from her unique perspective, examines how nations deal with their pasts. She argues that failure to confront our history permits phenomena such as Brexit and Trump to become not merely possible, but inevitable.
Susan Neiman is an American moral philosopher who has taught at Yale and Tel Aviv University. She currently lives in Germany, where she is the Director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam. Her previous books include Moral Clarity; Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin and Evil in Modern Thought.
Simon May was born in London, the son of a violinist and a brush manufacturer. Visiting professor of philosophy at King’s College London, his books include Love: A New Understanding of an Ancient Emotion; Love: A History; Nietzsche’s Ethics and his War on ‘Morality’; The Power of Cute; and Thinking Aloud, a collection of his own aphorisms. His work has been translated into ten languages and regularly features in major newspapers worldwide. For many years he has intended to move ‘back’ to Berlin, but has yet to do so.