New PDF release: After Fukushima : the equivalence of catastrophes

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 incidence? Is there this sort of factor as a "natural" disaster while all of our applied sciences nuclear strength, energy provide, water offer are unavoidably implicated, drawing jointly the organic, social, monetary, and political? Nancy examines those questions and extra. specific to this English version are interviews with Nancy carried out through Danielle Cohen-Levinas and Yuji Nishiyama and Yotetsu Tonaki

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Especially in the province of Fukushima, where some places are still contaminated, even outside the forbidden zones, its two million inhabitants are not merely encouraged to forget, but they themselves are trying to forget the tragic past and the no less painful present. The same is true for those who live far from that region. Yet this forgetting does not seem to me to stem from a lack or defect of sensibility, but is an integral part of the process of catastrophe-reconstruction: We must forget and hide in order to restore the normal or everyday nature of life and, if possible, to make it better than before.

By internet, yes, but I’m less sensitive to so-called “social” networks (a revealing expression) than to 49 QUESTIONS FOR JEAN-LUC NANCY the possibilities of speaking with each other and seeing each other (Skype, for instance), but more precisely to the circulation of thoughts, words, writings, images, visual and musical forms, of daily life, to all this circulation that makes a still unknown sense, not yet even “sensed,” so to speak, but that will not fail to make sense, in the long run. For we continue to live very modestly, every day, as we live—as one lives not in the sense that Heidegger writes about in Sein und Zeit but in the sense where in the same book he says that “the authentic is nothing but the modified grasp of the inauthentic,” a statement that he does not develop but that no doubt we ourselves are just beginning to develop.

Is possible in the interaction of nonequivalents? : I am not able or willing to outline a kind of schema of society or politics. It’s pointless to play at being the architects of the future: Let’s let the future do that and open up possibilities. But the fact remains that the most common communication, if I dare say it, is always and constantly at our disposal. By internet, yes, but I’m less sensitive to so-called “social” networks (a revealing expression) than to 49 QUESTIONS FOR JEAN-LUC NANCY the possibilities of speaking with each other and seeing each other (Skype, for instance), but more precisely to the circulation of thoughts, words, writings, images, visual and musical forms, of daily life, to all this circulation that makes a still unknown sense, not yet even “sensed,” so to speak, but that will not fail to make sense, in the long run.

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