Tzvetan Todorov

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Tzvetan Todorov (born 1939-03-01) is a French philosopher of Bulgarian origin.


Hope and Memory: Reflections on the Twentieth Century (2003)

As translated by David Bellos ISBN 1843543605
  • We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found.
  • Democracy brought to others through the barrel of a gun is not democracy.
  • People who believe themselves to be the incarnation of good have a distorted view of the world.
  • For evil to take place, the acts of a few people are not sufficient; the great majority also has to remain indifferent. That is something of which we are all quite capable.

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