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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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The Anthropocene as Planetarity in Deep Time

The Anthropocene as Planetarity in Deep Time

(p.104) Chapter 6 The Anthropocene as Planetarity in Deep Time
Living with Tiny Aliens

Adam Pryor

Fordham University Press

In light of contemporary accounts of the Anthropocene, this chapter re-figures the relationship between human being and nature, such that nature is not the dialectical antithesis to human being and our reflexivity with nature is not easily marginalized. It proposes a simple definition for this relationship: human beings are planetary creatures in deep time. This definition indicates how the Anthropocene disorients us both in terms of the spatial (i.e., planetary) and temporal (i.e., deep time) boundedness of our subjectivity. Building on supporting ideas—‘planetarity’ and a ‘Sapiezoic’ eon—that help us imagine the implications of the Anthropocene’s disorientation of our subjectivity, this chapter articulates the potential symbolic power of the Anthropocene to imagine human beings as intra-active agents.

Keywords:   Anthropocene, deep time, Grinspoon, David, non-separable difference, planetarity, positive feedback system, Sapiezoic eon, Spivak, Gavtari

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