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Hannah Arendt and the totalitarian

Social media: While the public is a place where free individuals have the right, and perhaps also the duty, to participate in a free exchange of opinions, the social is more about herd and control. Are we now faced with a social control that does not invite disagreement and diversity, but only obedience or exclusion? The rise of the social can threaten both freedom and individuality. MODERN TIMES prints here an extract from Einar Øverenget's new book, Intoleransens intog.

The modern political lie and the political lie

ESSAY: How can it be that some politicians can lie as much as they want, like President Trump, and at the same time be perceived as truthful by their voters? We look at how the philosopher Hannah Arendt defined the difference between the traditional and the modern lie, as the difference between hiding and destroying. And how the truth can be faked because one can finger reality.

The age of panic

Pablo Servigne, Raphaël Stevens, Peter Sloterdijk: How Everything Can Collapse / Infinite Mobilization

DISASTERS: We humans have lost control of the development we have started. The catastrophe is a warning that comes too late, and the elites make themselves unresponsive to the danger signals. Can we avoid panicky escape from the common problems?

Violence is politicized, and politics becomes violence

Elizabeth Frazer, Kimberly Hutchings: Violence and Political Theory

VIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: The world is violent. Do we allow ourselves to be duped by the rhetoric of violence?

The nature of man's blind zone

Arne-Johan Vetlesen Routledge: Cosmologies of the Anthropocene

A GOOD NATURE?: In the philosopher Arne Johan Vetlesen's new book, environmental problems are a symptom that our way of thinking is completely wrong. Do we need to open up to the fact that everything around us is animated?

To start all over again

Hannah Arendt, translator Joachim Wrang: Life of the Mind

PHILOSOPHY: Hannah Arendt's work of old age examines thinking, freedom, will and future. Is there anything thought-provoking about our technologically automated societies?

Lying and truthfulness


A story of our wasted time

Sarah Bakewell: Existentialisterna. A story of freedom, being and apricot cocktails

: The Existentialists stared at the emptiness in the white eye – and still tried to preserve their humanity. Göran Rosenberg reads a brilliant story about a bunch of philosophers who remain relevant even today.

The political potential of the vulnerability

Hannah Arendt: The lawless and the humble

: Arendt's painful text shows us the causes of the spiritual-political crisis of our time.

The emergence of totalitarianism

Ada Ushpiz .: Hannah Arendt – Vita Activa

: New forms of totalitarianism are very relevant at the moment, and thus the philosopher Hannah Arendt.

Hannah Arendt: To think in dark times

"A crisis becomes a disaster only when we respond to it with preconceived notions," said Hannah Arendt. On February 9, the documentary about the philosopher will be shown at Kunstnernes hus.

Hannah Arendt as a refugee

: Hannah Arendt's realizations about the existential impossibility of escape are burningly relevant, and constitute a basic premise in the documentary about the philosopher who himself fled to Paris in a politically polarized time.