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Radical Universalism. Israel and Progressive Politics

Panel discussion
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020, 8:00 PM
HAU1, Stresemannstr. 29, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Omri Boehm, Eva Illouz, Susan Neiman

Radical Universalism. Israel and Progressive Politics

Omri Boehm, New York
Eva Illouz, Jerusalem, (by Videostream) and
Susan Neiman, Potsdam,
in conversation

Because of the pandemic registration is mandatory. Please register at HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

In A Future for Israel: Beyond the Two-State Solution, the Israeli philosopher Omri Boehm explores the topics of liberal democracy, the politics of remembrance, and ethnic nationalism, and argues for granting a common citizenship to all inhabitants of Israel and the Palestinian territories, irrespective of ethnicity. Together with the sociologist Eva Illouz and the philosopher Susan Neiman, he will discuss alternative visions for Israel’s future and the necessity for radical universalism in progressive politics.

Omri Boehm is associate professor at The New School for Social Research, where he writes on early modern philosophy and philosophy of religion, with a specific focus on Descartes, Spinoza, and Kant. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, and was an Excellence Research fellow at Ludwig Maximilians University and an exchange scholar at the University of Heidelberg. His books include The Binding of Isaac: A Religious Model of Disobedience (2007); Kant’s Critique of Spinoza (2014) and recently A Future for Israel: Beyond the Two-state Solution (2020). He has also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, and Die Zeit, among other publications.

Eva Illouz is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Directrice d’études at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Among her numerous book publications are: Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1997); Cold Intimacies (2007); Why Love Hurts (2012); Hard-Core Romance: „Fifty Shades of Grey”, Best-Sellers, and Society (2014) and The End of Love. A Sociology of Negative Relations (2019). Additionally, Illouz writes for Haaretz, Die Zeit and Le Monde.

Susan Neiman is director of the Einstein Forum. She was professor of philosophy at Yale University and Tel Aviv University before coming to the Einstein Forum in 2000. Her works include The Unity of Reason: Rereading Kant (1994); Evil in Modern Thought (2002); Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists (2008); Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age (2014) and Learning from the Germans (2020).

The event will be held in English

A joint event with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin