By Jean-Luc Nancy, Charlotte Mandell
During this booklet, the thinker Jean-Luc Nancy examines the character of catastrophes within the period of globalization and expertise. 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 offer, water provide are unavoidably implicated, drawing jointly the organic, social, financial, and political? Nancy examines those questions and extra. specific 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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For him, the equivalence of money could be demystified in favor of the living reality of a production whose social truth is the creation of true humanity. That was for him the historical task of capitalism, to lead to its own transcendence. ” The possibility of representing a “total” human, free from alienation, emancipated from all natural, economic, and ideological subjection, has faded away in the very progress of general equivalence becoming the equivalence and interconnection of all goals and all possibilities.
Hasn’t our civilization always identified itself by the fact that it was and is a civilization of war, determined by war and determining it? : Of war, I don’t think so, since I don’t see any society or culture exempt from war. War itself, as legitimate, even sacred, conflict, between collective entities (“states” or whatever you’d like to call them), has disappeared with our culture. It has become confrontation without limits (or else formal and always violated) of techno-economic powers. ” Whatever the case with pacts and treatises, that was there in principle.
Our thinking must no longer be either about crisis or plan. ” Ever since we have wanted a “better,” ever since we have wanted to change and ameliorate the world and humankind, we have only thought in terms of regeneration or new generation: Remake or make a better world and humankind. That, of course, began with the great historical configuration marked by Buddhism, Confucianism, Hellenism, and Western monotheism, which is also the configuration marked by the end of strictly sacrificial (self-sacrificial) relations of human beings with a world of gods.