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Deep Time, Dark Times


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Table of Contents

1. Herding the Cats of Deep Time 1
2. Who Do We Think We Are? 26
3. Cosmic Passions 36
4. Thinking Geologically after Nietzsche 47
5. Angst and Attunement 60
6. The Present Age: A Case Study 73
7. Posthumanist Responsibility 82
8. The New Materialism 96
9. The Unthinkable and the Impossible 107
10. What Is to Be Done? Democracy and Beyond 121
Acknowledgments 137
Notes 139
Index 157

About the Author

David Wood, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, is the author or (co-)editor of eighteen books, including Eco- Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Philosophy; Thinking Plant Animal Human; Time after Time; The Step Back: Ethics and Politics after Deconstruction; and Thinking after Heidegger. He is also an earth-artist and Director of Yellow Bird Artscape in Tennessee.


A timely and transformative challenge to confront our responsibilities in the face of climate disaster and the Anthropocene, Deep Time, Dark Times draws insights from Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida to inform our emerging geological consciousness. Playful while serious, sophisticated yet disarmingly genuine, Wood leads us through the conceptual brambles of our planetary plight and raises the stakes for what it means to think philosophically in our time. His lessons on thinking and living geohistorically will be essential reading for environmental humanists, philosophers, and anyone interested in avoiding the worst of our possible futures. -- Ted Toadvine, University of Oregon
David Wood's Deep Time, Dark Times is a brief, speculative overview of what philosophy contributes to the pressing need to reimagine our "matter of dwelling" in the face of climate catastrophe. For Wood, the sobering predictions of climate science force on us a new vision of who and what we are, the moral imperative that "we cannot go on like this", changing our conceptions of time, reality, agency, humanity and life in general. * Environmental Values *

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