Edition: 2019
Pages: 144
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788842087465

Modus vivendi. Hell and Utopia of the Liquid World

Zygmunt Bauman


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“If we want to understand the world we live in and not make false moves, interpreting it using categories from the past, which no longer apply, I advise you read Modus Vivendi by Zygmunt Bauman. It is a wonderful book. The human condition, painted like an inferno, invokes a utopia that can be its redemption.” Umberto Galimberti “In this brilliant book, Zygmunt Bauman confirms he is word perfect in his analysis of the kind of world we happen to live in.” Corrado Augias “Modus Vivendi is one of Bauman’s best.” Lelio Demichelis, “Tuttolibri” “In this essay liquid modernity is a synonym for rapacity, and the hobbesian homo homini lupus is at centre stage. Bauman’s analysis is dark and yet sprinkled with a good dollop of irony.” Benedetto Vecchi, “il manifesto”

The author

Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman is among the best known and most influential thinkers in the world. It is to him that we owe the dazzling definition of ‘liquid modernity’, of which he is one of the most acute observers. Professor emeritus of Sociology in the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw, Laterza has published almost all of his writing, including: Inside Globalization, Community. Seeking safety in an insecure world, Liquid Modernity, Interview on Identity (edited by Benedetto Vecchi), Society under Siege, Liquid Love, Wasted Lives. Modernity and its Outcasts, Liquid Life, Modus Vivendi. Hell and Utopia of the Liquid World, Liquid Fear, I Consume, Therefore I Am, The Art of Living, Parasitic Capitalism, Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers?, Living on Borrowed Time: Conversations with Citlali Rovirosa-Madrazo, ‘The Wealth of the few Benefits Most’. False!, Collateral Damage, The Sixth Power. Surveillance in liquid modernity (with D. Lyon), The Demon of Fear, Conversations on God and on Man (with S. Obirek).

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