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Anders Dunk

Philosopher. Regular literary critic in Ny Tid. Translator.

Pain culture and mental strategies

Arne Johan Vetlesen: Pain in our time
PAIN: As in the movie Joker, pain and insults can build up and become dangerous, explosive and ultimately murderous.

Time has changed direction and is now coming from the future

Armenian Avanessian: Future Metaphysics
PHILOSOPHY: We are now in the violence of the future: the most important thing in life is increasingly something that has not happened yet. Philosophy must re-evaluate its old metaphysical categories.

Libidinous ecology

Dominic Pettman: Peak Libido
CRISIS Is nature in its essence erotic? And has capitalism – which will make us desire more of everything – overused our very capacity for desire?

China as the leader of an ecological civilization

Yifei Li, Judith Shapiro Polity: China Goes Green – Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: The future of the world depends on China taking its environmental commitments seriously

“It would is not over. Long live what it would be! ”

Paul Wapner: Is Wildness Over?
NATURE: The attempt to control nature's wildness locally has created uncontrolled effects globally. Do we have to freeze and sweat more in the future, or is civilization far wilder?

The fires are natural for the landscape!

Alistair Gee, Dani Anguiano: Fire in Paradise – An American Tragedy
The ecology of the landscape: Who is responsible for the fires? With this year's forest fire season in California and Oregon, are we witnessing a new kind of "cultural disaster"?

Is it a pity for America?

Great power madness? America's shadowy sides have for many made fatal love and the relationship destructive. Bjørneboe's indignation towards America was of the solidarity type.

How to live in a world where the very unfolding of life leads to violence?

Erland Kiøsterud: The first words
FICTION: In Kiøsterud's quiet recluse novel, life is weighed against the pain in a quest for reconciliation. Nature remains silent and ambiguous, even when the protagonist tries to step aside with his demands for meaning.

The Norwegian double standard

Peder Anker: The Power of the Periphery. How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World
ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEERS: The story of the history of Norwegian environmental thinking is an ambivalent portrait of Norway's imagined role as an environmental nation.