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MODERN TIMES is as a commentary at the same time a book review with around 40 books mentioned in each issue (March, June, September, December). We discuss (preferably in an essayistic way) nonfiction Interior political, ecological and philosophical literature, but also literature in our time "big tech".
The newspaper of around 100 pages also includes the theme supplement ORIENTERING and often the film magazine MODERN TIMES REVIEW.
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The gentle, ordinary and tame

Arne de Boever: François Jullien's Unexeptional Thought

Via the sinologist François Jullien, Arne de Boever reveals blind spots, dangerous prejudices and decisive differences in mentality in the meeting between East and West.

"There you are, my friend"

Peter Handke: My day in another country

An eternal relationship of tension between the individual and the community. With age, has Peter Handke gradually given up on rage?

Obsolete human rights

Ferdinand von Schirach: Everyone

Ferdinand von Schirach will inspire a modernization of the democratic system.

An Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Bodies (IoB) and Internet of Minds (IoM)

Ole Sverre Olsen: Conversations with the speeds of light. The construction of the digital realm of the dead.

Zuckerberg presents the visions for the 21st century, you should pay close attention to what is the concrete content of what they present of technology, researched in the laboratories of Silicon Valley.


Cass R. Sunstein: Too Much Information

What should we trust? How should we use the information we receive in our own lives?

Political propaganda, role mixing and politicians – Mussolini, Franco, Hitler, Pinochet, Gaddafi, Erdogan….

Clément Fayol, Ruth Ben-Ghiat: These French from the foreign service, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present

It is your network of contacts that shows who you are and that gives you a job.

Anarchist pedagogy

Judith Suissa: Anarchism and education. A philosophical perspective

An anarchist school model is based on an anti-authoritarian, non-hierarchical, autonomous thinking. Is it possible to re-actualize today?

"Rather break the law than the poor"

Owen Hatherley: Red Metropolis: Socialism and the Government of London

London, a futuristic skyscraper city, a neo-Tokyo, a city in a country ruled by an authoritarian and nationalist elite. Where did Corbyn's manifesto for massive development of municipal housing go?

Today's perverse fascination with everything new

Massimo Recalcati, translated by Alice Kingarriff: In Praise of Forgiveness

A book about self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma and eternal depression – and love.

Torpedoing of metaphysics

Clément Rosset Translated and with an afterword by Lars Tore Halvorsen: Reality and its doubles. An essay on illusion

Rosset takes a hard line against the whole idea of ​​duplication between what we see and what "really" is behind it. This is escapism and reluctance to see what we have right in front of us, he believes.

To understand what God might have meant by sending them to an extermination camp

Norman Lebrecht: Genius and Aanxiety. How Jews changed the World. 1847-1947.

About anxiety, paranoia and the Jews' contribution to culture.

The Counter-Revolution in the 21st Century

Pablo Stefanoni: Is the rebellion in full swing? («Is the revolt turned to the right»)

Argentine political scientist takes the pulse of the alt-right both high and low and shows the cultural struggle that gives the alt-right tailwind and the center-left wing headwind.

Seducers love majority decisions

Kristoffer Momrak, Johan Huizinga, Aristotle, translated by Tormod Eide, Hannah Arendt translated by Per Qvale Solum, Kojin Karatani: The Metropolises of the Middle East, The Destroyed World, Politics, About Revolutions, Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy

Is Greece more of a cultural periphery in the Middle East than the origin of our modern democracy? Aristotle believed that the Phoenicians in Carthage, like the law – isonomia – had a better government than Athens – the so-called cradle of democracy.

The experience of (un) human encounters with the ancients

Vigdis J. Reisæter: I will help you. A nurse's goodbye to elderly care

After a decade in Norwegian elderly care, nurse Vigdis J. Reisæter could no longer bear to give a sedative to anxiety sufferers of dementia instead of a hand to hold and an ear to listen with.

Taken by the training wave

Jürgen Martschukat, translated by Alex Skinner: The Age of Fitness

Survival of the fittest – it's about staying in shape and taking care of your own productivity. You also have an app that measures heart rate, steps and sleep quality.

When public welfare becomes dependent on charity

Emma Dowling: The Care Crisis. What Caused It and How Can We End It?

: The UK is increasingly dependent on the efforts of volunteers to provide citizens with a minimum of care while public services are suffering from budget cuts and crises.