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Book review of “Olivier Rey, Une question de taille, Stock, 2014, 288 p.”

From the text: . . . In Une question de taille, Olivier Rey, too, makes disillusioned observations about the progress associated with modernity, post-modernity, indeed hypermodernity. Yet, while his predecessors, such as Günther Anders in The Obsolescence of Man (1956), have highlighted the losses (p. 31) that characterise the modern and contemporary eras, they have not, according to the author, sufficiently emphasised the fact that they raise “questions of scale”. . .

. . . the central question of the book: what is the scale of political, social and ethical action? Which scale befits political, social and ethical action? What is the due scale of political, social and ethical action? . . .

Keywords: scale, Ivan Illich, crisis of bigness, due measure

Céline Surprenant, « A Plea for Degrowth », Books and Ideas , 20 October 2016. ISSN : 2105-3030. URL : http://www.booksandideas.net/Point-trop-n-en-faut-3520.html