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From Utopia to ApocalypseScience Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe$
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Peter Y. Paik

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650781

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650781.001.0001

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The Defense of Necessity

The Defense of Necessity

On Jang Joon-Hwan’s Save the Green Planet

Chapter:
(p.71) 2 The Defense of Necessity
Source:
From Utopia to Apocalypse
Author(s):

Peter Y. Paik

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816650781.003.0003

This chapter examines Jang Joon-Hwan’s film Save the Green Planet, which stages the clash between the globalizing biopolitical order and the singularity it violates. The film concludes that there can be no politics of singularity that does not itself violate another singularity. A conception of justice based on the “infinite respect of the singularity and infinite alterity of the other” denies the fundamentally tragic character of political life. It cannot but fulfill itself in the fetishization of victimhood, according to which, the only indisputably ethical gesture would be to consent to one’s own exploitation in the name of a humanitarian ideal.

Keywords:   Jang Joon-Hwan, Save the Green Planet, biopolitical order, singularity, victimhood

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