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Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime

Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Latour, Bruno

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The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of Nature. For the last three centuries new ideas of Nature have been continuously developed by theology, politics, economics, and science, especially the sciences of the material wor...ld. The situation is even more unstable today, now that we have entered an ecological mutation of unprecedented scale. Some call it the Anthropocene, but it is best described as a new climatic regime. And a new regime it certainly is, since the many unexpected connections between human activity and the natural world oblige every one of us to reopen the earlier notions of Nature and redistribute what had been packed inside. So the question now arises: what will replace the old ways of looking at Nature? This book explores a potential candidate proposed by James Lovelock when he chose the name "Gaia" for the fragile, complex system through which living phenomena modify the Earth. The fact that he was immediately misunderstood proves simply that his readers have tried to fit this new notion into an older frame, transforming Gaia into a single organism, a kind of giant thermostat, some sort of New Age goddess, or even divine Providence. In this series of lectures on "natural religion", Bruno Latour argues that the complex and ambiguous figure of Gaia offers, on the contrary, an ideal way to disentangle the ethical, political, theological, and scientific aspects of the now obsolete notion of Nature. He lays the groundwork for a future collaboration among scientists, theologians, activists, and artists as they, and we, begin to adjust to the new climatic regime.
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ISBN 9780745684345
Released NZ 1 Sep 2017
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780745684345
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Polity Press
Released 1 Sep 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Latour, Bruno
Category Topics In Philosophy
Social & Political Philosophy
Political Science & Theory
Environmentalist Thought & Ideology
Number of Pages 300
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 228mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 300.1
Weight 504g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Gaia hypothesis, Philosophy of nature, Nature in literature, Climatic changes - Philosophy, Philosophical anthropology
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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