From Genus Mortalium to Mortal Genus Anders’ Monster Section Articles


Filippo Ursitti


This article aims at showing how the philosopher G. Anders declines the concept of ‘monstrous’ through the atrocities of the extermination camps at Auschwitz and the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. According to him, these dramatic events are related to and connected by mediality which de-responsabilises the agents committing such barbaric actions. The article is structured in the following manner: First, it presents a short introduction to the concept of mediality and its role in both Auschwitz and Hiroshima. Second, it focuses on the atomic bomb as best example of today’s ‘monstrous’ through the epistolary exchange between Anders and the pilot of Hiroshima Eatherly. Third, it will present the anthropological consequences of the bomb as described by Anders himself.