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 expertise. Can a disaster be an remoted prevalence? Is there the sort of factor as a "natural" disaster whilst all of our applied sciences nuclear strength, energy offer, water offer are inevitably implicated, drawing jointly the organic, social, fiscal, and political? Nancy examines those questions and extra. unique to this English variation are interviews with Nancy performed via Danielle Cohen-Levinas and Yuji Nishiyama and Yotetsu Tonaki
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It’s an extraordinary force. You just have to know what you should be forgetting: catastrophe itself, its unhappiness, its suffering—but if you forget its causes and at the same time also its consequences, that’s something else! But that isn’t always something we “forget”—often we’ve never really thought about it at all. N. : I would like to ask you to clarify a little what you call “communism” at the end of your book After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes. It seems to me that you are evoking not just a theoretical modality of being with (or of appearing with, comparution), but also an outline of a “practical” modality of being communally shared by singular beings, nonequivalent and hence incommensurable.
It does not follow, however, that this immanence and its intricacy should be considered as degradation or degeneration of our past transcendences. We must think in terms other than regeneration or new generation. This should at least begin with a renewed understanding of what “technology” means. ” That means at least this: Technology is not an assembly of functioning means; it is the mode of our existence. This mode exposes us to a condition of finality that had till now been unheard-of: Everything becomes the end and the means of everything.
For what we owe victims, beyond practical aid and basic care, is to show them that we know what they are victims of—even if it is harder to know that one is the victim of an entire system and not just a few “evil” individuals—even less of a “natural” catastrophe. Victims are victims in that they are treated as equivalent objects by a system that refuses to calculate certain risks because it calculates only by short-term productivity. N. ”1 To paraphrase your expression, nuclear energy is also “sovereignty’s technology par excellence; it is its setting to work [mise en oeuvre] and its supreme execution (end)” in our civilization.
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