Lars Svendsen Professor of Philosophy, University of Bergen

Svendsen is a Norwegian philosopher. He is the author of 12 books, and has been translated to 27 languages. Six of his books are available in English: A Philosophy of Boredom (2005), Fashion: A Philosophy (2006), A Philosophy of Fear (2008), A Philosophy of Evil (2010) and A Philosophy of Freedom (2014). He is currently working on a book on loneliness. In A Philosophy of Boredom, Svendsen investigates one of the central preoccupations of our age as it probes the nature of boredom, how it originated, how and why it afflicts us, and why we cannot seem to overcome it by any act of will.