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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

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Justice and History

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We have responsibilities to former generations as well as to future ones. How do we remember the past? Does honesty conflict with honour?

Professor Susan Neiman will argue that we must explore and acknowledge the shameful actions of past generations, while also seeking to understand and, where at all possible, finding something in their actions to respect. Only then can we pass on a legacy to future generations that will support their own searches for a useable history, both national and personal.

This event is in partnership with the Royal Institute of Philosophy.


Dr Julian Baggini, Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy


Professor Susan Neiman, Director of the Einstein Forum

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Susan Neiman studied philosophy at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin and was Professor of Philosophy at Yale and Tel Aviv Universities. She is the author of Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin; The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant; Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy; 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.