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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 discusses equivalence. The equivalence of the disaster of Fukushima and other catastrophes goes beyond the military and general use of nuclear power, but to the powers humanity has endowed itself with. Equivalence is governing oneself with forces that dictate. Hence, a broken nuclear reactor is no less equal than the excess used to control and manipulate it. For example, coal and oil have brought problems that have exceeded the political and technological capabilities of those who are controlling them. What is inevitable to follow is an ever increasing form of interdependence, becoming more complex, so that there is no end to manipulation and techniques. These are also obviously intertwined. In this complicated state of things, equivalence exists. Relations no longer count; if there is any, it is termed incommensurable.

Keywords:   equivalence, Fukushima, nuclear power, nuclear reactor

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