I think I first heard Professor Emeritus Norman Geras talk about 8-9 years ago. It was some event at Senate House. I had read his blog for some time and wanted to hear him in person.
He was impressive, intellectually.
I often disagreed with Norm. My last email exchange with him could have been much better. My fault entirely. He never made a point of highlighting his illness. Norm kept writing intelligently to the very last.
This is not an obituary for Norm, but praise of his intellectual prowess, kindness and deep connection to civilisation in all its various forms.
I can make no better recommendation than to suggest reading his blog from the first post onwards. Think about the point he is trying to convey. Disagree with it and then have a rethink.
Norm enriched humanity, and what better tribute is there?
Norm Geras on Blogger, from July 2003.
Norm Geras on Typepad, from 31st December 2003.
I shall be adding to this post over the next few days. Readers, please do leave links to any material on Norm that I have missed.
Norman Geras in the Guardian.
John Rentoul on Norman Geras: 1943-2013.
Norman Geras at New Left Review.
Update 4: Choosing one or two particular posts from Norm is incredibly difficult. He was consistently outstanding, but these two should strike a bell with thinking antiracists:
Update 5: Norman Geras: For Human Nature by Colin Talbot.