As a sociology of everyday life, H. Rosa’s theory of resonance is scarcely concerned with what one can call “borderline situations”. With this expression, we refer to (threshold) conditions distinguished from everyday experience by their extraordinary capability of shaping and reshaping our existences, for they confront us with questions constitutive of our self-world relations. This existence-shaping capacity stems from their sheer potentiality. Can we respond to them resonantly?
As regards, for instance, the end of the world and life, i.e. the borderline situations the workshop builds on, it is the very awareness of finiteness that intrudes into our Weltbeziehungen. Can we resonate to fellow humans, objects and gods without coming to terms with this sorrowful awareness? With these questions in mind, we would like to analyse two concrete subjects: Christian and Jewish eschatological perspectives of the late 19th and early 20th century, and the contemporary technoscientific endeavour of anti-ageing medicine.
Both represent cultural answers to the problem of finiteness and prescribe an ideal form of being in the world. Papers Luca Pellarin: “Weltbeziehungen” at the Time of the End of the World. Christian and Jewish Eschatological Perspectives of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century. João Lucas Tziminadis: Is there a Fountain of Youth? On Biomedical Expectations of Life Extension and the Lived Experience of the End.
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