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Erland Kiøsterud

Author and essayist. Residing in Oslo. See also his website or Wikipedia

Open letter to Minister of Justice Monica Mæland

PROTEST: Smooth cell and sky-high fines became the state's response to a peaceful celebration.

Everything we love is transient, fleeting, temporary

ESSAY: It is our self-understanding that is at stake today. With their aggressive, partly inflated subjects, Western technologists, economists and artists have for centuries seen themeselves above nature. In the ecosystem, man is in nature, he is a part of nature, on which he is completely dependent. Can we protect biotopes, habitats, rivers, lakes, soils, oceans and commons? This essay looks at five books examining the ecosystem.

Living in the Earth Ecosystem

The notion of nature as the source of harmony is deeply rooted in the ecological movement. Do we now need new stories about our species to survive?

The Agamben and the Ethics of Abstinence

Giorgio Agamben: Community to come
The community that is to come is a learned, rich, complex and sometimes obscure text. Here and there it borders on the mysticism: Agamben empties the ram of a patriarchal God Father with one hand and reintroduces with Spinoza all the divinity of things with the other, before drawing it all back into the profane, and then holding the "solution", a quivering aura, ahead of us.

There remains one philosophical question

- and the answer will determine the further life of the globe.

"Our violence is unparalleled in the history of the globe"

Our natural consumption has already wiped out hundreds of cultures and thousands of species. In no time, it can also threaten our local pockets of wealth and order. 

Great moments of imperfection

Guttorm Nordø stages our experience of being in the world – as if we had just arrived.

The ecology of conversation

Author Erland Kiøsterud answers philosophy professor Arne Johan Vetlesen by discussing the almost ubiquitous violence in society, in nature and in thinking.

The silence before life and the sounds – towards a radical, ecological metaphysics

Is it humanity's sin or desire for life that has brought the globe to ecological imbalance, ask Erland Kiøsterud in his reply to Professor Arne Johan Vetlesen.