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The Interminable Catastrophe by Bedour Alagraa

offshootjournal.org/the-interm

"Without destabilizing our core assumptions about catastrophe, we run the risk of rendering theory inept for confronting this predicament [of our earth’s ecology and its assumed life-span], and equally run the risk of complicity with the overdetermination of empirical or social science interpretations and political offerings concerning what is essentially a problem for which we have yet to develop an adequate grammar. "

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"it is indispensable that we first develop a robust epistemological scaffolding for ‘catastrophe’ itself, not as Event, but as a political category or concept that offers an analytic for the manner in which people structure their political and social lives"

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"As opposed to biopolitics’ emphasis on control over prescribing forms of life, cruel mathematics works at the level of the bios-political, or ways of life. Central to understanding cruel mathematics is what Sylvia Wynter calls a biocentric genre of the human, which was inaugurated by the Darwinian rupture in planetary thinking, and the diffusion of the concept of natural selection and equally, that of dysselection"

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"in our anticipation of ‘midnight’ (or the terminal) we fail to understand that the terminal is already here, defining our relationship to terminality’s other—interminability or repetition." oooooooooooooo

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