The Bulgarian-French philosopher, sociologist, and literary critic passed away today in Paris.
Todorov’s work on such issues was an eloquent and realistic apology for quotidian, common virtues as a viable, accessible basis for the construction of a common, shared morality. Unlike some of his contemporaries, who claimed that in order to survive in extreme situations moral life had to be abandoned, he gathered an impressive number of testimonials that pointed in an entirely opposite direction: those who survived such conditions always depended on the help of others, thus making solidarity the basic, key social virtue.
Born in Sophia, Bulgaria, in 1939, Todorov passed away last night in a hospital in Paris, his editor Joan Tarrida informed.
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