Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In Memoriam: Philosopher Marshall Berman, Author Hugh Nissenson

Two distinguished native New Yorkers who, each in his own way, personified the creative spirit and  intellectual milieu of America's most cosmopolitan city and district--Manhattan's legendary Upper West Side--passed away in 2013.

Marshall Berman was a philosopher, Marxist Humanist writer and "lyrical defender of modernism." He was a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The City College of New York and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, teaching Political Philosophy and Urbanism.

Hugh Nissenson was "an author who was praised for creating convincing alternative worlds in books that pursued questions of faith and pressed the boundaries of the novelistic form." He was "a novelist of immense talent," whose books were published across the English-speaking world and translated into many languages.