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 the sort of factor as a "natural" disaster while all of our applied sciences nuclear strength, strength provide, water provide are unavoidably implicated, drawing jointly the organic, social, fiscal, and political? Nancy examines those questions and extra. unique to this English version are interviews with Nancy performed through Danielle Cohen-Levinas and Yuji Nishiyama and Yotetsu Tonaki
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Whether it is a question of a broken nuclear reactor or a bomb, whether the reactor or the weapon is more or less powerful, the excessiveness of their effects in space and time makes them equal to the excess associated with the means of controlling them and even more of neutralizing them. This is not absolutely new: Coal, electricity, and oil have already brought these problems with them, sufferings or wounds of civilization that exceed the capacities of technical as well as political control. We can, for instance, struggle to advocate for the electric car, but as of now there is no likelihood of its replacing gas24 T H E E Q U I VA L E N C E O F C ATA S T R O P H E S oline-powered cars.
It replaces it by what the word balance designates: the equivalence that annuls tension by keeping it equal and constant. There is no longer strictly speaking a confrontation; there is no longer strictly speaking any confrontation with the other since it is absolutely the same confronting the same. And its power is such that it can almost no longer be thought of as depending on human wills that are supposed to command its use: A mere mistake or a stroke of madness could set off its use and plunge us into the horror of an unspeakable devastation.
Equivalence means the state of forces that govern themselves in some way by themselves. Whether it is a question of a broken nuclear reactor or a bomb, whether the reactor or the weapon is more or less powerful, the excessiveness of their effects in space and time makes them equal to the excess associated with the means of controlling them and even more of neutralizing them. This is not absolutely new: Coal, electricity, and oil have already brought these problems with them, sufferings or wounds of civilization that exceed the capacities of technical as well as political control.
After Fukushima : the equivalence of catastrophes by Jean-Luc Nancy, Charlotte Mandell