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Deep Time, Dark Times: On Being Geologically Human

David Wood


Deep Time, Dark Times takes its bearing from Nietzsche’s concern that a surfeit of history can extinguish the passion for life, especially when we are reminded of our capacity for cruelty and folly. The prospect of devastating climate change extends our sense of the past onto a geological scale, arousing debilitating passion, especially anger, ressentiment and resignation. What can Nietzsche teach us here? Hume’s sense that reason is but a slave to the passions cautions us against new utopian blueprints that fail to address the mood of today. Although climate change can rightly be laid at the ... More

Keywords: Anthropocene, climate change, deep Time, geological consciousness, Heidegger, Nietzsche, passions, ressentiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780823281367
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823281367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Wood, author
Vanderbilt University