Susan Neiman reads from Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists.
Susan Neiman author of 'Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists' will discuss her search of a framework for forming clear opinions and taking responsible action on today's urgent political and social questions. (booksincmv)
Neiman is a moral philosopher committed to making the tools of her trade relevant to real life. In Moral Clarity, she shows how resurrecting a moral vocabulary—good and evil, heroism and nobility—can steer us clear of the dogmas of the right and the helpless pragmatism of the left. In search of a framework for forming clear opinions and taking responsible action on today’s urgent political and social questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a set of virtues—happiness, reason, reverence, and hope—that were held high by every Enlightenment thinker. She shows that the pursuit of moral clarity is not a matter of religious faith but is open to all who are committed to these ideals, believers and nonbelievers alike. And she draws on literature, evolutionary theory, and other contemporary research to show why, by keeping before us the distinction between the real and the possible, these ideals continue to guide and inspire. (ablachly)… (more)
Event location: Harvard Hillel, Beren Hall, 52 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge