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By Jean-Luc Nancy, Charlotte Mandell

During this e-book, the thinker Jean-Luc Nancy examines the character of catastrophes within the period of globalization and know-how. Can a disaster be an remoted incidence? Is there this sort of factor as a "natural" disaster whilst all of our applied sciences nuclear strength, energy provide, water offer are inevitably implicated, drawing jointly the organic, social, financial, and political? Nancy examines those questions and extra. unique to this English variation are interviews with Nancy performed by way of Danielle Cohen-Levinas and Yuji Nishiyama and Yotetsu Tonaki

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It has also passed, in the West, into the divinization of humanity (called “atheism”). But this divinization has given way, in turn, since “humanism” has not been able to conceive of “the essential worth of the human being,”1 or of that of “nature,” or of that of the “world,” or finally that of existence in general. It has given way to an interconnection, to a kind of generalized environmentalism in which everything is environed, is enveloped, and develops according to the reticulation of what has been called an unconscious technology2—“unconscious” meaning above all, here as well as elsewhere, the tangled web of all beings.

Strangelove ends, the parable of an unbearable possibility. It is no longer just a question of human decision: This decision becomes such that what it decides goes beyond anything calculable as the effects of some decision. 23 6 W ith equivalence and the incalculable we have already extended our perspective beyond nuclear use by the military. In fact, with these two features we can characterize not just the general use of nuclear energy but, even more widely, the nature of the general disposition of force in this world we have given ourselves.

Equivalent (works of art, human lives, health, even technological inventions). Hoarding wealth and pomp (jewelry, ornaments of every kind) is tendentiously confused with the wealth of investment and production (owning the means of production). ” Like an observation, an exclamation in the midst of the generalized disaster which forces us to shift the question of catastrophe elsewhere, somewhere away from our classic reference points in the Greek sense of the word. We have always thought in terms of healing catastrophes, or restoration.

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