Rethinking Anthropos in the Anthropocene

Dialogue and Universalism 26 (1):31-38 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX


A growing number of geologists, geophysicists, and other Earth scientists now claim that human caused changes in the chemistry of the atmosphere, oceans, and land are so pervasive as to constitute a new geological epoch characterized by humanity’s impact on the planet. They argue that these changes are so profound that future geologists will easily recognize a discernible boundary in the stratigraphy of rock separating this new epoch from the previous geological epoch, i.e., the Holocene. They propose to name this new geological epoch the “Anthropocene,” a term meaning the age of man. Common to this view is the claim that humans are now the ecologically dominant force on Earth. This paper compares the understanding of human self-identity developed by the defenders of the Anthropocene discourse with the understanding of human self-identity developed by radical ecologists. It concludes by arguing that only an ecologically and dialogically informed conception of human self-identity can provide an adequate point of departure for an ecologically benign form of human dwelling on this planet.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 77,670

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Natural History of Aesthetics.Thomas H. Ford - 2015 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 9 (2):220-239.
The conception of alethēs anthrōpos in Plotinus’ Enneads.Agnieszka Woszczyk - 2009 - Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 4 (4):61-70.
On the Politics of the Anthropocene.T. W. Luke - 2015 - Télos 2015 (172):139-162.
Aura in the Anthropocene.Thomas H. Ford - 2013 - Symploke 21 (1-2):65.
Sortir de l’anthropocène.Bernard Stiegler - 2015 - Multitudes 60 (3):137.


Added to PP

7 (#1,052,619)

6 months
1 (#480,066)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references