Type
Article
Title
Power, luck, and scholarly responsibility at the end of the world(s)
In
International Theory
Volume
12
Number
3
Pages
459 - 470 p.
ISSN
17529719
Keywords
nuclear weapons, luck, scholarly responsibility, collapse, existential threats
Abstract
FR
This contribution argues that the concept of protean power opens a space to think about the limits of control and knowledge about catastrophic possibilities such as nuclear war. To do so, it offers the first distinctive definition of nuclear luck, which has long been acknowledged by policy and military leaders but remains unaccounted for in scholarship. It further shows that the nuclear realm is defined by two key unknowables. However, it argues that protean power perpetuates a survivability bias which has characterized scholarship so far, before suggesting ways to overcome that bias and modify scholarly ethos to acknowledge such catastrophic possibilities.

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