To what extent shall we renounce freedom to protect our health? Can we manage the emergency safeguarding democracy? A philosophical letter from quarantine
- It is always exciting to discover new qualities in people one thinks one knows well. This applies to the Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo, who with his haunting autobiography on the period he spent in prison in Tehran, “Time Will Say Nothing”, reveals to us a literary vein of rare intensity. While many of us have known him for some time thanks to his enlightening essays on non-violence and his brilliant books of conversations with eminent personalities of our time, among which the one with the liberal British philosopher Isaiah Berlin perhaps remains unequalled, with this new book Jahanbegloo surprises us with his ability to narrate with great naturalness and narrative sagacity a period of his life that was among the most dramatic one can imagine.