Posthumanism and the anthropocene

Hannes Bergthaller*, Eva Horn


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2 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


Similar to posthumanist theory, the concept of the Anthropocene as a new geological epoch dissolves traditional distinctions between nature and culture. In its original formulation by the Earth system sciences, however, the concept treats the anthropos to whom the ongoing transformation of the Earth system is attributed as a black box. This chapter argues that neither the Earth system sciences nor traditional humanist or established posthumanist understandings of the human are in themselves sufficient to render a full account of this anthropos; doing so requires assembling knowledge of human and natural history from across a range of disciplines. James C. Scott's concept of the domus complex as site of early state-making and Peter K. Haff's concept of the technosphere are discussed as providing possible templates for such a narrative of humanity in the Anthropocene. Both describe humans as entrained within larger-scale systems whose dynamic they are unable to control, thus raising the question of the scope within which autonomous human agency can be exercised.

主出版物標題Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism
發行者Springer International Publishing
出版狀態已發佈 - 2022 11月 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 一般藝術與人文科學
  • 一般社會科學


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