Assemblages, Series, and Empire

  • Krzysztof Nawratek


This chapter discusses different meanings of the idea of the empire and the diverse mechanisms that make people come together. I discuss an empire as closely inspired by a concept of All-under-Heaven (Tian-xia 天下), which exists both as a project (horizon) and as a hidden entity here and now. I argue that this empire could become a political response to the challenge of Anthropocene. The project of the empire in a context of Ernst Jünger’s thought should be seen as a process of actualization of the Gestalt. Therefore, it is not fully represented in the current social, economic, and political structures, but it is not a transcendent idea.


Empire All-under-Heaven (tianxia) Zhao Tingyang Anthropocene 

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  • Krzysztof Nawratek
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  1. 1.University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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