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Living with Tiny AliensThe Image of God for the Anthropocene$
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Adam Pryor

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288311

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288311.001.0001

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Astrobiology’s Intra-Active Aliens

Astrobiology’s Intra-Active Aliens

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Living with Tiny Aliens
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Adam Pryor

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288311.003.0003

This chapter lays a conceptual foundation by introducing how the intra-active quality of astrobiological phenomena provides a distinctive context for framing what constitutes meaningful human existence, because the scale of these phenomena is so vast. To think astrobiologically requires that we imagine significant ontological units beyond the human individual and her agency that accord with the more general theory of living-systems that astrobiology is beginning to articulate. It explores how the interdisciplinary discoveries of astrobiology proffer a particular transdisciplinary vision of the cosmos with significance for theological anthropology and environmental thinking about the Anthropocene.

Keywords:   aliens, Barad, Karen, continuous planetary habitability, instantaneous habitability, intra-action, living systems, Pilcher, Carl

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