About the event

Is violence normal? In his new book Trust and Violence, renowned founder and director of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research Jan Phillip Reemtsma suggests that the notion that violence is abnormal and beyond comprehension is misleading, and attempts to contain and deter violence informed by this perspective are in turn also misguided. Violence cannot be fully understood, he argues, without first delving into the concept of trust—because in trust rests the foundation of true power. Join Reemtsma as he lectures on these two integral aspects of our society, drawing on a wide-ranging history of ideas about violence—from ancient philosophy through Shakespeare and Schiller to Foucault—and specific cases of extreme violence from medieval torture to the Holocaust.