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Rutger Bregman

Historian and political theorist

Trained as a historian at the Utrecht and California universities, he has published five books, notable among them Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There, 2014 (in Catalan, Utopia per a realistes, Empúries/Salamandra, 2017) and Humankind: A Hopeful History, 2019 (in Catalan, La humanitat: Una història d'esperança, Empúries/Anagrama, 2021), both of them on The New York Times bestseller list and translated into more than forty languages. His books address the key debates of the history of philosophy and present a new realism notable for its positive view of the human condition. As one of the pioneers in the defence of a universal basic income, he was invited to the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos where he made a provocative speech that made him known worldwide. He publishes in such mainstream media outlets as The Guardian and The Washington Post and, in recent years, he has become one of the outstanding figures of the European intellectual scene. He has been nominated twice for the European Press Prize for his work as a journalist at The Correspondent.

Update: 31 August 2022


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