Security, Certainty, Trust: Historical and Contemporary Aspects of the Concept of Safety

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In this chapter I focus on a deep and nuanced insight into the concept of safety. I choose three approaches: (1) an etymological and conceptual-historical analysis of the terms securitas and certitudo; (2) an existential-phenomenological analysis of safety as a basic human experience and need; (3) a hermeneutical and post-phenomenological understanding of contemporary threats to safety in a high-technological society. The main conclusion is that considerations of safety should reach beyond the modern false dilemma between subjective freedom and objective control, towards a better understanding of the complicated relationship between trust and security.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cultural Construction of Safety and Security
Subtitle of host publicationImaginaries, Discourses and Philosophies that Shaped Modern Europe
EditorsGemma Blok, Jan Oosterholt
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789048554768, 9789048555208
ISBN (Print)9789463720472
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2023


  • safety
  • security
  • certainty
  • trust
  • phenomenology
  • Patočka


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