Can the arts still play a role in Enlightenment? In 1750 Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote that the arts and sciences weave garlands of flowers around the chains that bind us. Are the arts inevitably coopted by the social structures in which we live - or can they help to educate citizens for a world that is better than the one we know?
Susan Neiman is an American moral philosopher, cultural commentator, and essayist. She has written extensively on the juncture between Enlightenment moral philosophy, metaphysics, and politics, both for scholarly audiences and the general public.
Author of Why grow up?, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy, The unity of reason and Slow Fire: Jewish Notes from Berlin
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