Abstract

The geological era known as the Anthropocene marks a decisive intersection between human history and geological time. Simultaneously, Western philosophy began to posit the existence of entities that could be thought and computed but not directly perceived. This double disruption ends the functionality of the concept Nature. Yet Nature itself, conceived as a harmonious periodic cycling, is also an effect of the deep background to the Anthropocene: "agrilogistics.” Ten thousand years ago, in the Fertile Crescent, a certain mode of agriculture took hold and subsequently proliferated across Earth. The metaphysics of presence hardwired into agrilogistical space eventually gave rise to the Anthropocene. Is it possible to think outside this paradigm, let alone to change it?

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6539
Print ISSN
0300-7162
Pages
pp. 90-113
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-17
Open Access
No
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