The language of morality has been hijacked by the religious Right – yet however shabbily its partisans may behave, argues Susan Neiman, they offer a public conception of goodness the Left forgot how to defend.
is director of the Einstein Forum in Germany and a member of the Eurozine Advisory Board. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin and taught philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv University.
An interview with Susan Neiman and Andreas Huyssen
The conference “Ottoman Armenians during the decline of the empire: Issues of scientific responsibility and democracy”, held at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2005, marked the beginning of a fierce public debate on the “Armenian issue” in Turkey. Attempts to hold the conference at Bosphorous University were twice blocked by the Turkish government, and in a speech given to the members of the parliament before the conference, the Turkish minister of justice accused the conference organizers and participants of treason. The “Armenian issue” then emerged “full-blown onto the public sphere”.