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Defiant Earth : The fate of humans in the Anthropocene - Clive Hamilton

Defiant Earth

The fate of humans in the Anthropocene


Published: 26th April 2017
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Humans have become so powerful that we are disrupting the functioning of the earth, to the point where scientists now consider we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Clive Hamilton argues this forces us to rethink what kind of creature we humans are, and to acknowledge the power we still have to change the world for good.

Forget everything you know. Nature is no longer nature. Humans are no longer humans. We have entered a new era -- the Anthropocene. Everything has changed.

Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth, bringing on a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The stable environmental conditions that allowed civilisation to flourish are disappearing.

What does it mean to have arrived at this point, where human history and Earth history collide? Clive Hamilton argues we need to rethink everything. The modern belief that we are free beings making our own future by taking control of our environment is now indefensible. We have rendered the Earth more unpredictable and less controllable; a disobedient planet. And it's too late to turn back the geological clock.

We must face the fact that humans are at the centre of the world, even if we must give up the idea we can control the planet. These truths call for a new kind of anthropocentrism, a philosophy by which we might use our power responsibly and find a way to live on a defiant Earth.

About the Author

Clive Hamilton is Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University. One of Australia's leading thinkers, he is author of the bestselling Requiem for a Species, and The Freedom Paradox and Growth Fetish.



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A must have book for all


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written


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    Preface: On waking up


    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

    A 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



    ISBN: 9781760295967
    ISBN-10: 1760295965
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 200
    Published: 26th April 2017
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.8