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Defiant Earth


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Preface: On waking up Acknowledgments 1 The Anthropocene Rupture A rupture in Earth history Volition in nature Earth System science Scientific misinterpretations The ecomodernist gloss An epoch by any other name 2 A New Anthropocentrism To doubt everything Anthropocentrism redux The antinomy of the Anthropocene The new anthropocentrism The world-making creature The new anthropocentrism versus ecomodernism In praise of technology 3 Friends and Adversaries Grand narratives are dead, until now After post-humanism The freak of nature The ontological wrong turn Recovering the cosmological sense? 4 A Planetary History? The significance of humans Does history have a meaning? An Enlightenment fable `Politics is fate' 5 The Rise and Fall of the Super-agent Freedom is woven into nature-as-a-whole Responsibility is not enough Living without Utopia Notes Index

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Clive Hamilton is Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and author of Requiem for a Species: Why we resist the truth about climate change and Earthmasters: The dawn of the age of climate engineering.


"Defiant Earth is a major contribution to a topic that is of vital if not pre-eminent importance today. The book is highly original in its synthesis of the scientific, philosophical and religious issues raised by the coming of the 'Anthropocene.' Hamilton mines each of these traditions for ways to make sense of the new and frightening epoch that is upon us." - Adrian Wilding, University of Jena, Germany "For those entertaining the idea that we should just rocket away from an overheated planet to some new world, or perhaps fill the atmosphere with sulphur to block out the sun, here's a remarkably powerful accounting of our actual responsibility--past, present, and future." - Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature "Earth system scientists' idea of the Anthropocene has given rise to two seemingly rival camps of thought in the humanities: there are those who want to fold the idea back into new histories of global capital, and those who have used the debate to move towards a new philosophical anthropology. Clive Hamilton has been an original, important, and distinctive voice in this debate. Defiant Earth goes a long way towards bridging the distance between these rival camps while generating insights of its own into the meanings of being human in an age of planetary climate change. An essential reading for our times." - Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

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