Beck Back in the 19 th Century : Towards a Genealogy of Risk Society

This article aims at historicizing the ‘risk society’ thesis (Ulrich Beck). I first present an important book by Eugène Huzar, La Fin du monde par la science (Paris: Dentu, 1855). The author reflects upon the global catastrophes produced by new technologies and tries to imagine a safer way of governing science and nature. I contextualize this work by… CONTINUE READING