Carolyn Merchant | The Anthropocene and the Humanities

Sorry, This Event Cancelled

Exercising prudence in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, the author and UPB have cancelled our celebration of The Anthropocene and the Humanities, alongside marking 40 years of he influenctial The Death of Nature.

Both will be available at this web site and in the store as they come out.

Caroline Merchant's study of the concept of the Anthropocene gelogical epoch and its relevance to studies in the humanities.

As Carolyn Merchant has described the situation that motivates this book, "Today the effects of climate change, extreme weather patterns, melting polar ice, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes raise the specter of the human transformation of the planet itself and of a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene.

"The concept of the Anthropocene [proposed by Crutzen and Stoermer in 2000] suggests that the earth—as we know it today—may cease to exist in the future.

"Rethinking nature in the Anthropocene—the era in which human activities have had a significant impact on the earth’s ecosystems, especially since the advent of James Watt’s steam engine in the late 1700s—has implications for reconceptualizing the very realms and interdisciplinarities of the humanities themselves."

The Anthropocene and the Humanities investigates how technology, science, and the humanities may sharpen awarness of how we as a species have become the prime mover in edological and geological change.

Carolyn Merchant is a professor emerita of environmental history, philosophy, and ethics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Those Halcyon Days

Even though the store takes a hiatus, it’s easy to imagine that long conversation amongst the great minds continuing around the Great Table, in our fancy, if not in Eternity, though we can agree to disagree about that.

How many can you identify?

Some are pretty obvious, others a little obscure. If educated outside the U.S. you might have an advantage in naming two or three. One makes for a fancy pose, but he’s actually a blockhead.

All have made significant contributions, even when shown demonstrably wrong. Nonetheless, we continue to argue with them because even when we argue with them, more often than not, we find them productively wrong.

We look forward to the time when you too can rejoin the conversation.

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