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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

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

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670284.003.0005

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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