What is the plural of Apocalypse? An essay on the ends of time
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Visions of the (absolute) apocalypse proper to late modernity, which typically envisage the definitive destruction of all of humanity, are often presented as radically different to earlier versions of the apocalypse, which saw the end of the world as a prelude to the Renaissance of a new one. Arguing against such representations of a Great Divide, I propose instead two interrelated theses: first, that the end of a world is always the end of the world for those whose world is set to disappear; and second, that any apocalypse, however absolute it may be, always admits the possibility of a world to come. This introduction explores the role of temporalities of the end, the denaturalization of the world, and Heimatlösigkeit as key aspects of contemporary apocalyptic imaginaries.
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Faculty of Social Sciences