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Deep Time, Dark TimesOn Being Geologically Human$
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David Wood

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823281367

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823281367.001.0001

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Posthumanist Responsibility

Posthumanist Responsibility

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(p.82) Seven Posthumanist Responsibility
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Deep Time, Dark Times
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David Wood

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823281367.003.0007

The issue of responsibility in connection with global climate change is especially challenging. “I didn’t melt that glacier.” And yet, very likely “we” did, even though there is no collective “we” that acted. The more we know about the excessively large typical Western carbon footprint, the more easily we each can feel guilty— bout travel, our lifestyle, our food, and so on. This experience cuts through the lack of a collective agent through some such idea as participation. Fundamental questions about responsibility are pursued, in the face of doubts about the agent-as-subject, from posthumanists, new materialists, Heidegger, Derrida, feminists, deep ecologists, and others. The landscape of such responsibilities as we may suppose we have is sketched out, arguing that we need both traditional accounts of responsibility that can charge CEOs with culpable negligence, as well as a deeper sense of response-ability, involving imagination, and a multi-faceted openness to the Other.

Keywords:   agent, culpable negligence, Derrida, Heidegger, imagination, posthumanist, responsibility, “we”

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