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Against Ecological SovereigntyEthics, Biopolitics, and Saving the Natural World$
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Mick Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670284

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670284.001.0001

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Risks, Responsibilities, andSide Effects

Risks, Responsibilities, andSide Effects

Arendt, Beck, and the Politics of Acting into Nature

(p.135) 5 Risks, Responsibilities, andSide Effects
Against Ecological Sovereignty

Mick Smith

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses Hannah Arendt’s book The Human Condition, which focuses on the ethical and political question of “Who are we?” According to Arendt, “who we are” is a question that concerns human beings in its singularity or community as citizens of the Earth, and as a fact that attempts to define the concept of human nature and existence. The chapter also talks about social theorist Ulrich Beck, who argues that humanity is entering a new form of society characterized by the unpredictable implications of technological interventions in nature on a global scale. According to Beck, “environmental risks” are forms of self-endangerment through which nature’s responsive activities become part of the social and political fabric.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, human beings, human nature, Ulrich Beck, humanity, environmental risks, political fabric

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