Center for Interdisziplinary Research

ZiF Public Lecture

Nature's Revenge. Historical Perspectives

Date: November 21, 19 h

Location: ZiF Plenarsaal

Lorraine Daston (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, GER)

Since the age of enlightenment, the category of natural disasters had been looked at as the acceptance that no one, neither God nor man is responsible for floodings, volcanic eruptions or windstorms. Since about 1990, however, there has been a turn of the 'informed opinion' on such events. Not only activists and the press but also scientists talk about the 'revenge of nature'. This indicates a radical change of ideas and practices regarding risk and responsibility.

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