6.30-8pm | Monday 29 June 2009
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum.
This event marked the launch of Susan Neiman’s latest book, Moral Clarity (2008, New York: Harcourt). Susan Neiman is a moral philosopher and one of the most distinguished scholars writing today. As director of the Einstein Forum she is used to asking big questions and making the tools of her academic discipline relevant to the average, thinking citizen. In Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, Neiman shows how the resources of the eighteenth century Enlightenment (David Hume, Adam Smith, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Immanuel Kant) can help us to reconstruct a progressive politics. In her commitment to reason and the facts of the world, in her brilliant readings of the Western canon, and above all in her fierce commitment to politics as a moral endeavour, Neiman makes it possible to believe that the Enlightenment is not yet exhausted and that we are free to join it if we wish.