Being Human in the Age of Humans

The Anthropocene, a term for a geological epoch characterized by unprecedented human transformation of the planet, originated in earth systems science and has since captured the imagination of many humanists. Discourse on the Anthropocene, which probes the meaning of humanity’s role and agency within deep time and planetary evolution, raises religious and ethical questions about how to understand humanity’s place within planetary evolution, and how to envision the future trajectory of human societies. The Anthropocene strongly resonates with mythic and religious genres – declensionist or ascendant storylines, tales of hubris, forbidden knowledge, theodicy, and eschatology. These religious, philosophical, and ethical issues make the Anthropocene ripe for analysis by scholars of religion and theologians. Yet scholarship on the Anthropocene remains underdeveloped in these disciplines. To foster such research, the “Being Human in the Age of Humans” project​ seeks proposals for two workshops​, at which participants will develop their ideas on the Anthropocene in conversation with other scholars.

Being Human in the Age of Humans

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