From radioactivity to data mining: Günther Anders in the Anthropocene

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This essay traces the complex constellation of ideas that informs Anders's turn to the generalizing expression 'the human' in his postwar work. It mobilizes the properties of radioactive material and digital data, which are both curiously imperceptible to our senses, to discuss Anders's insistence on the universalizing pronoun 'we' and assess its significance in the contemporary world. To do so, it aligns Anders's work with current debates about the Anthropocene and critiques of the use of the term ‘the human’ in postcolonial settings.
LanguageEnglish
Article number1
Pages9-23
Number of pages15
JournalThesis Eleven
Volume153
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • data mining
  • radioactivity
  • human impacts
  • perception
  • interface design
  • utopia
  • nuclear tests in Australia
  • Operation Crossroads
  • Günther Anders
  • human
  • language

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