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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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After Fukushima

Jean-Luc Nancy

, Charlotte Mandell
Fordham University Press

This chapter reconciles the outlook of Marx on a capitalist society to what can be done regarding future catastrophes. The situation we are now is compared to what Marx sees as the meaning and equivalence of money. He removes the mystique of money to serve production and humanity. This is, by the way, is his historical concept of capitalism: that it will lead to its own transcendence and transformation. After Fukushima, it is also expected that we should have our own transcendence, our own vision of true humanity, and a total human. A total human would be free from alienation and any ideological subjugations would have dissipated. With the earth's large population, interconnection and interdependence is inevitable, where the lines between technology and nature are blurred. This is where the relevance of Fukushima is seen. The seismic quake and the tsunami that resulted from it became a social, economic, political, and philosophical phenomenon. It was even intertwined with the financial catastrophes of Europe, affecting others in the global arena. From possible other future collapses, we learn to work with the future—by learning from the catastrophe.

Keywords:   Marx, equivalence of money, true humanity, total human, seismic quake, tsunami

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