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CatastrophizingMaterialism and the Making of Disaster$
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Gerard Passannante

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226612218

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226612355.001.0001

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Catastrophizing: A Beginner’s Guide

Catastrophizing: A Beginner’s Guide

(p.1) Introduction Catastrophizing: A Beginner’s Guide

Gerard Passannante

University of Chicago Press

The introduction defines and reflects on the concept of “catastrophizing” and argues for its value in rethinking the history of materialism in the early modern period.

Keywords:   philosophical style, materialism, skepticism, analogy, Pascal, Cavendish, Cicero, Lucretius, Democritus, Blumenberg

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