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Ending the Anthropocene : essays on activism in the age of collapse
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  • Ending the Anthropocene : essays on activism in the age of collapse
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  • nai010 uitgevers, Rotterdam : [2021]
  • 2021
  • Språk: Engelska.
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  • 240 pages 23 cm.
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  • #12
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  • In this book, activist philosopher and philosophical activist Lieven De Cauter investigates the idea that if we want to avoid collapse, we have to end the Anthropocene - the geological era of the gigantic, devastating impact of our species on planet Earth. It might even be, he argues, that the collapse of our current, growth-maximizing system is the only hope for the biosphere. Offering case studies on urban activism alongside more general reflections on civic action and social movements, De Cauter moves from the political melancholy caused by the near certainty of climate disaster and meditations on the end of ?the Age of Man?, towards reflections on more hopeful events of our times, like the resurgence of the commons. He hails the rediscovery of this forgotten and excluded third besides public and private, arguing it contains the seeds of another worldview and another politics. From this new perspective identity and heterotopia, other spaces as places for otherness, can be read in a new light. This collection of writings closes with texts on the corona crisis. Biopolitics, the care for the life of the population by the state, has gained a new topicality in this age of pandemics.00The mix of philosophical, theoretical texts and newspaper articles make for a broadly accessible, exciting book of activist essays, in accordance with the basic creed of its author: ?pessimism in theory, optimism in practice?. Even if geologists are not quite sure when the Anthropocene has begun, it is high time to end it.
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Activist essays on ending the Anthropocene, from Belgian theorist Lieven De Cauter, author of Entropic Empire and The Dwarf in the Chess Machine

In this book, activist philosopher and philosophical activist Lieven De Cauter (born 1959) investigates the idea that if we want to avoid collapse, we have to end the Anthropocene era. It might even be, he argues, that the collapse of our current, growth-maximizing system is the only hope for the biosphere. Offering case studies on urban activism alongside reflections on civic action, De Cauter moves from the political melancholy caused by the prospect of climate disaster toward reflections on more hopeful events of our times, such as the resurgence of the commons. From this new perspective identity and heterotopia, other spaces as places for otherness, can be read in a new light. This collection of writings closes with texts on the COVID-19 crisis and biopolitics. This accessible, exciting book of "activist essays" expresses the author's creed: "pessimism in theory, optimism in practice."

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