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Conference of “A Philosophy of Post-Fukushima”: KATO Norihiro “Feedback and Biological System”, 2nd Unit

Conference of “A Philosophy of Post-Fukushima”: KATO Norihiro “Feedback and Biological System. Contingency, Risk and Donation: Jinrui ga Eien ni Tsuzuku no dewa Nai to Shitara and Clues for What Questions to Ask Next”, 2nd Unit

 

The 2nd Unit held a lecture meeting on “A Philosophy of Post-Fukushima” on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Toyo University, Hakusan Campus (Building 5, Room 5104) and KATO Norihiro (Literary Critic, Professor Emeritus of Waseda University) gave a presentation entitled “Feedback and Biological System. Contingency, Risk and Donation: Jinrui ga Eien ni Tsuzuku no dewa Nai to Shitara and Clues for What Questions to Ask Next.”

KATO started with the question of what meaning could be gleaned from coming to grips with the issues posed by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster in their broadest sense, and the answer that he came up with was “finite modernity.” He discussed how one would perceive the world from that standpoint while stressing the importance for providing such a field of vision, and suggested feedback and a system as one of the guiding principles for this. He pointed out that feedback presupposes a system and that we can infer the limits of growth once we think of the earth as a system. Furthermore, we must consider how human beings are not only biological creatures but part of a wider system that also incorporates our social system, namely a bio system that extends from its lower limit of zoe (biological existence) to its upper limit of bios (political, social, and cultural existence). KATO simultaneously pointed out that it is only with the appearance of a teleonomic (purposeful) subject that an individual can contemplate humanity and sacrifice (gift) himself for it, and that by overlapping a bio system over this, a new step can be taken. After the presentation, there were many questions from the audience and the event was successfully concluded.

 KATO Norihiro