As an increasingly polarized America fights over the legacy of racism, Susan Neiman asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past. In the wake of white nationalist attacks, the ongoing debate over reparations, and the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments and the contested memories they evoke, her new book Learning from the Germans delivers an urgently needed perspective on how a country can come to terms with its historical wrongdoings. Neiman earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University and has taught at the Free University of Berlin, Yale University, and Tel Aviv University. Since 2000 she has been the director of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. A frequent commentator on current events, she is the author of numerous books including Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists and of the contemporary philosophical classic Evil in Modern Thought. In 2014 she was the recipient of the International Spinoza Prize.
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