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[German Version]

is a term related to human action (III) and denotes the circumstance that an action may result in harm (Damage), but also in positive consequences. Derived ultimately from Italian risco, it refers figuratively to hazardous rocks that must be negotiated. Thus risk means a daring challenge. It describes, in dramatic form, a situation that every human action must grapple with, since all human actions are based on decisions that must be taken, even when, as is natural, not all factors of an active intervention i…

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Gräb-Schmidt, Elisabeth, “Risk”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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