Freedom in the Anthropocene

Freedom in the Anthropocene illuminates our current ecological predicament by focusing on the issue of history and freedom and how it relates to our current inability to render environmental threats and degradation recognizable, and by extension, subject to its conscious and free overcoming by society.

Working through the writings of three twentieth century critical theorists (Luk√°cs, Adorno, and Postone), the authors argue that the idea of the Anthropocene is a historically specific reflection of helplessness, which only becomes possible at the close of the twentieth century.

Freedom in the Anthropocene: Twentieth-Century Helplessness in the Face of Climate Change by Alexander M. Stoner and Andony Melathopoulos, 2015, Palgrave Pivot

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