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The victory of the denialists is ensured as soon as they convince people that there is a scientific ?debate.It is, as he termed it in his original lectures, ?an entity composed of multiple, reciprocally linked, but ungoverned self-advancing processes.It ignores the disparities in agency and hierarchies of power that actually exist.From thence is made possible the proliferation of mortal life on her surface.Only through denial can the mind discern a ?rational.As opposed to the ?old nature?, Gaia ?does not play either the role of inert object that could be appropriated or the role of higher arbiter.He is currently a PhD student in the department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Royal Holloway, University of London, researching the political and philosophical ramifications of the ? EN SAVOIR PLUS >>>
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Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love.In contrast to many other emotional, urgent, and even panicky examples of literature on the subject, this piece is detached and intellectual, coolly humorous, and very thoroughly footnoted.No fee was paid by the author for this review.The author has enough conviction and clarity of thought around these complicated topics that the book is comprehensible, though difficult.The idea that the language around a phenomenon is what makes it real?and manageable?to human society functions as a major theme.This is a book that assumes a certain amount of knowledge on the part of its reader, and even graduate students may find it challenging at times.Facing Gaia is an unusual and academic examination of climate change and humanity?s place in nature.While acknowledging the scientific bases of the theory, the book often examines its subject through a philosophical and linguistic lens.The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer.
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In contrast to many other emotional, urgent, and even panicky examples of literature on the.Facing Gaia: Organized into roughly contiguous ?lectures,? "Facing Gaia" is an unusual and academic examination of climate change and humanity?s place in nature
She is an activist for the Fossil Free University network.Creative Spaces is a program of Arts Melbourne at the City of Melbourne.If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments.The answer is intricately woven and presented in eight lectures, originally drafted for the Gifford Lectures in Edinburgh, and translated back and forth between English and French.We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.Bruno Latour, prolific French philosopher and historian of science, dedicates his book, Facing Gaia, to this ?new climatic regime?, which leads to questions no smaller than how the Anthropocene changes our understanding of the planet, species, and politics. Book Review.
567.56.344.99Whilst bringing us back to Earth, and insisting upon the contingency of our existence is a worthy goal, the danger of placing us so deeply within the endless loops and networks of human and non-human actors is that we lose the ability to think about the very human actions which have so destabilised the planet.In Latour’s phrase, Gaia is an entity composed of multiple, reciprocally linked, but ungoverned self-advancing processes.The shift into a new climatic regime is something which has been manufactured, and to downplay human agency seems something of a mistake.Whilst the book is an engaging attempt to think differently, there is no mention of key factors such as global capitalism, the fossil fuel industry, political economy, and perhaps most glaringly, no mention of ideology.Latour’s ANT posits that everything in the natural and social world acts and exists within networks of relationships, which means that in his words, the earth-bound mass of humanity and the earth itself in the figure of Gaia can neither be dominated or dominate one another.
In this extended reworking of his Gifford Lectures, noted anthropologist and pioneer of the field of science and technology studies Bruno Latour turns his attention to the pressing matter of climate catastrophe. Seeking a way of radically shaking culture out of sleep walking into ecocide, and aware that the increasingly fragile state of the ecology and environmental state of the world exposes the myth of liberal humanistic progress, Latour turns to the historic idea of Gaia, first developed by the maverick English scientist James Lovelock
Kathrin Bartha reviews 'Facing Gaia: Eight lectures on the new climatic regime' by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter in the December 2017 issue of Australian Book Review..