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Published by Reaktion Books Ltd 33 Great Sutton Street London EC1V 0DX, UK First published in English 2008 This book was first published in 2007 by Universitetsforlaget, Oslo under the title Frykt by Lars Fr. H. Svendsen Copyright © Universitetsforlaget 2007 English-language translation © Reaktion Books 2008 English translation by John Irons This translation has been published with the financial support of norla All rights reserved No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers. Printed and bound in Great Britain by cpi/Antony Rowe, Chippenham, Wiltshire British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data Svendsen, Lars Fr. H., 1970– A philosophy of fear 1. Fear 2. Fear – Social aspects I. Title 152.4’6 isbn 978 1 86189 404 5

Contents Preface 7 one The Culture of Fear 11 two What is Fear? 21 three Fear and Risk 48 four The Attraction of Fear 73 five Fear and Trust 92 six The Politics of Fear 102 seven Beyond Fear? 124 References 133

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