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Catastrophes

Massimo Cacciari

in The Unpolitical

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230037
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230037.003.0006
Catastrophes

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The geological restlessness that seems to be at the bottom of contemporary disastrology conceives our environment as risk, hazard, in recurrent ambush against the irruptions; on the other hand, programmed responses are possible. A reliable technology of disaster can originate only from the complete abandonment of every trust on earth and from this abandonment guilt is revealed for having to eliminate what we never placed. In addition, the environment became hazardous because this is how the people wanted it; but also because this danger is the earth's extent, which needs to transform and must be anticipated. In this chapter the term crisis is also defined as a suitable representation of the particular apparatuses, as well as the dysfunctions that can strike some points in the system. Thus, we can see in the crisis the fundamental catastrophe, but we can never analyze it according to the parameters employed for the transitions of structure.

Keywords: geological; technology; disaster; environment; hazardous; crisis; catastrophe; guilt

Chapter.  5366 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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