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Anthropocene or Capitalocene?: Nature, History, and the by Jason W. Moore (ed.)

By Jason W. Moore (ed.)

Individuals: Elmar Altvater, Eileen C. Crist, Donna J. Haraway, Daniel Hartley, Christian Parenti, Justin McBrien

The Earth has reached a tipping aspect. Runaway weather swap, the 6th nice extinction of planetary existence, the acidification of the oceans—all aspect towards an period of exceptional turbulence in humanity’s courting in the internet of existence. yet simply what's that dating, and the way can we make experience of this amazing transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers solutions to those questions from a dynamic crew of best severe students who problem the traditional perform of dividing old switch and modern truth into “Nature” and “Society,” demonstrating the chances provided by means of a extra nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at each step with and in the biosphere. In targeted registers, the authors body their discussions inside a politics of desire that sign the chances for transcending capitalism, commonly understood as a “world-ecology” that joins nature, capital, and tool as a traditionally evolving whole.

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Spider is a much better figure for sympoiesis than any inadequately leggy vertebrate of whatever pantheon. Tentacularity is sym-chthonic, wound with abyssal and dreadful graspings, frayings, and weavings, passing relays again and again, in the generative recursions that make up living and dying. Imagining that I was somehow original, I first used the term sympoiesis in a grasp for something other than the lures of autopoiesis, only to be digitally handed M. Beth Dempster’s Master of Environmental Studies thesis written in 1998 in Canada, in which she suggested the term “sympoiesis” for “collectively-producing systems that do not have selfdefined spatial or temporal boundaries.

What does the discourse of the Anthropocene communicate? Nothing about it—much less the name—offers an alternative to the civilizational revamping of Earth as a base of human operations and functional stage for history’s uninterrupted performance. 22 A cavalcade of facts is provided in order to display how human impact is, beyond dispute, leaving a legible mark on the Earth’s biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, and lithostratigraphy. Through the facts thus meticulously rendered, the causal agency of human domination is spectacularly exhibited, and, at the same time, cognitively muted by twisting domination—by means of the relentless overlay of data—“into the pure truth” (Horkheimer and Adorno 1972, 9).

Living in integration with wild nature is not a veiled invitation for humanity to return to its pre-Neolithic phase;26 nor does it automatically signal (in my view) an a priori ceiling to technological innovation; nor is it intended to conjure a naive view of life as an Edenic kingdom. It is not my aim here to recommend what human integration within the biosphere might specifically look like, but instead to contend about the prerequisite for such a way of life to emerge: namely, catching “a sideways glance of a vast nonhuman world that has been denigrated by the concepts, institutions, and practices associated with ‘the human’” (Calarco 2012, 56); and also becoming receptive to the view that if the imperative of respecting the natural world’s self-integrity and intrinsic value appears unimposing to the human mind, it is because the human mind has been conditioned and enclosed by a species-supremacist civilization.

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