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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 uses the disaster of Fukushima as a terrifying example of the worst of catastrophes. The disaster that happened at Fukushima is a powerful example that shows the magnitude of destruction brought by the interrelated actions of a seismic quake, a nuclear breakdown, and a dense human population. Although these risks are not present on nuclear facilities alone, this one is different for it is an interdependent totality of our technologized world to which everyone is subject. This can happen amidst from the earth's large population whereby humanity's experiences can be a manifestation toward this end. Emphasis is given to what is incalculable, and in our society, that of money and its ends and means. This is illustrated by the statement of Jean-Claude Trichet, the former president of the European Central Bank, when he said that the financial sector must change its values. This is true but when it comes to the subject of disasters, although nearly everyone knows and believes it, there is a naïve approach and a refusal to better change general equivalence.

Keywords:   seismic quake, nuclear breakdown, Jean-Claude Trichet, general equivalence

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