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After FukushimaThe Equivalence of Catastrophes$
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Jean-Luc Nancy

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263387

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263387.001.0001

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(p.3) Preamble
After Fukushima

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Charlotte Mandell
Fordham University Press

Not all catastrophes are the same. The equivalence of catastrophes states that the spread and repercussion of catastrophes will have an impression that will forever resemble the well-known paradigm represented by nuclear risk. It is even possible that natural catastrophes are no longer separable from their technological, economic, and political implications or repercussions. General equivalence refers to all the spheres of human existence, and all that exists with it. The disaster of Fukushima revives fears and questions that have been in existance since the beginning of this century. The twentieth century before is described as the century of the “conquering bourgeoisie,” but this present century so far has brought domination and conquest by machines. There is no refuge for mankind, as equivalence will not permit it.

Keywords:   equivalence of catastrophes, nuclear risk, disaster of Fukushima, equivalence, natural catastrophes

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