People of Europe: Susan Neiman

Essays about post-war Europe and its people

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75 years after the end of WWII we ask prominent historians and thinkers from different European backgrounds to write an essay about post-war Europe and its people. This evening ground-breaking philosopher Susan Neiman presents her essay.

She shares her ideas on how Europeans should deal with their history. And also: how not dealing with the past can lead to the nationalism and racism that haunts the people of Europe and the United States.

People of Europe

Where as the European Union could be called the most successful peace project in the history of mankind, it has not completely succeeded in uniting all Europeans and banning out the nationalism that stood at the root of the European catastrophe of the first part of the 20th century. Therefore we ask thinkers from different European backgrounds to reflect on Europe and its people and the rise of nationalism from their field of expertise.

Susan Neiman

Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin, and was professor of philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University. She is the author of a.o. Evil in Modern Thought, Fremde sehen anders, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists, Why Grow Up?, Widerstand der Vernunft. Ein Manifest in postfaktischen Zeiten and Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil. In this latest book Neiman asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past.

De Balie curates this programme in the run-up to Forum on European Culture in 2020 in Amsterdam. 


Susan NeimanPhilosopher