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Susan Neiman


Susan Neiman is the director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. At the interface of eastern and western Europe, it is one of Europe’s most important centres of intellectual and cultural innovation outside the university framework.

Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and the Free University of Berlin, and taught philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv Universities. She is the author of Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin, The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant, Evil in Modern Thought and Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists – a passionate plea on behalf of Reason in support of morality and political idealism, named among the New York Times‘ notable books of 2008.

Her books have earned critical acclaim from within the academy and outside of it, and prizes from PEN, the Association of American Publishers and the American Academy of Religion.

Shorter pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, and Dissent. In Germany, Nieman has written for Di Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Freitag, amongst other publications.

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