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Odyssey without Nostos, or, From Globe to Planet

von Herrmann, Hans-Christian

Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Bd. 9 (2018), Iss. 1: S. 148–157

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von Herrmann, Hans-Christian


We are witnessing a return of cosmology in 20th and 21st century thinking. It is cosmology in the ancient greek sense of the word which addressed the entirety of what surrounds and carries us. Another term for this ongoing transformation is the ›planetary‹ which isn’t simply a synonym for the ›global‹. The planetary means a kind of boundless pervasion based on science and technology and transposing planet earth and human life from a culture-historical to a cosmic scale.