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Tzvetan Todorov

philosopher and literary scholar

“People are not angels...”

Tzvetan Todorov is a humanities researcher of the Enlightenment, who applies the thinking patterns of the past to his observations of changes in contemporary society. Two centuries ago, modern man has conquered the freedom to independently lay down the rules of society and to explore the world in previously unknown ways.
What was the price paid for such great liberty? What are we willing or forced to relinquish, in order to preserve our freedoms? Todorov believes that quite a few strategic decisions would be needed for this purpose. At the same time, he claims that the end of the historical war between right- and left-wing politics failed to brings us a better future, better decisions and social consensus, but has pushed us back to a pre-political age, ruled by misanthropic distrust.