After Fukushima: The Equivalence of Catastrophes

By Jean-Luc Nancy; Charlotte Mandell | Go to book overview

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What Fukushima adds to Hiroshima is the threat of an apocalypse that opens onto nothing, onto the negation of the apocalypse itself, a threat that depends not just on military use of the atom and perhaps not even on the sole use of the atom in general. Actually, these uses themselves are part of a larger configuration where the deepest lineaments of our civilization are sketched.

Military use gives us an idea of this configuration. Nuclear weapons have engendered by their power a strategy of dissuasion sometimes hailed as a new condition of peace and often called the “balance of terror.” As we know, this balance itself gives rise to the wish to possess nuclear weapons in order to become in turn an agent of this balance, that is, a threat of terror. Of this terror, it should be said in passing, we might inquire what unperceived links it shares with what we call “terrorism,” which existed before nuclear weapons. Generally we can say that terror designates an

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • After Fukushima - The Equivalence of Catastrophes 1
  • Preamble 3
  • 1 9
  • 2 12
  • 3 15
  • 4 17
  • 5 21
  • 6 24
  • 7 27
  • 8 30
  • 9 33
  • 10 38
  • Questions for - Jean-Luc Nancy Yuji Nishiyama and Yotetsu Tonaki, September 2013 43
  • It’s a Catastrophe! - Interview with Jean-Luc Nancy Danielle Cohen-Levinas 51
  • Notes 61
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