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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
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Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
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  • 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
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P@U
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1941-
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Dupuy, Jean-Pierre
Index
index present
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English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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DeBevoise, M. B
Series statement
Studies in violence, mimesis, and culture
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  • Disasters
  • Disasters
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Disasters
  • Disasters
Target audience
juvenile
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A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis, Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
A Note on the Translation; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1. Genesis; Chapter 2. From Lisbon to Sumatra; Chapter 3. The Naturalization of Evil; Chapter 4. The Problem of Future Catastrophe; Appendix. Japan, 2011; Notes; Index
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ocn918993060
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1 online resource
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online
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9781609174729
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt16tm61z
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remote
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(OCoLC)918993060
Label
A short treatise on the metaphysics of tsunamis, Jean-Pierre Dupuy ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A Note on the Translation; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1. Genesis; Chapter 2. From Lisbon to Sumatra; Chapter 3. The Naturalization of Evil; Chapter 4. The Problem of Future Catastrophe; Appendix. Japan, 2011; Notes; Index
Control code
ocn918993060
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781609174729
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt16tm61z
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)918993060

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