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The Resource A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis, Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise

A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis, Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise

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A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis
Title
A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis
Statement of responsibility
Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
"In 1755 the city of Lisbon was destroyed by a terrible earthquake. Almost 250 years later, an earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean unleashed a tsunami whose devastating effects were felt over a vast area. In each case, a natural catastrophe came to be interpreted as a consequence of human evil. Between these two events, two indisputably moral catastrophes occurred: Auschwitz and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And yet the nuclear holocaust survivors likened the horror they had suffered to a natural disaster—a tsunami.Jean-Pierre Dupuy asks whether, from Lisbon to Sumatra, mankind has really learned nothing about evil. When moral crimes are unbearably great, he argues, our ability to judge evil is gravely impaired, and the temptation to regard human atrocity as an attack on the natural order of the world becomes irresistible. This impulse also suggests a kind of metaphysical ruse that makes it possible to convert evil into fate, only a fate that human beings may choose to avoid. Postponing an apocalyptic future will depend on embracing this paradox and regarding the future itself in a radically new way.The American edition of Dupuy’s classic essay, first published in 2005, also includes a postscript on the 2011 nuclear accident that occurred in Japan, again as the result of a tsunami." --Publisher
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YDXCP
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1941-
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Dupuy, Jean-Pierre
Dewey number
111/.84
Index
index present
LC call number
BF789.D5
LC item number
D87 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture
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  • Natural disasters
  • Disasters
  • Metaphysics
  • Moral realism
  • Psychic trauma
Label
A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis, Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-78) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Genesis -- From Lisbon to Sumatra -- The naturalization of evil -- The problem of future catastrophe -- Appendix : Japan, 2011
Control code
ocn908991073
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 81 pages
Isbn
9781611861853
Lccn
2015936766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)908991073
Label
A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis, Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-78) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Genesis -- From Lisbon to Sumatra -- The naturalization of evil -- The problem of future catastrophe -- Appendix : Japan, 2011
Control code
ocn908991073
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
ix, 81 pages
Isbn
9781611861853
Lccn
2015936766
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)908991073

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