By Jason W. Moore (ed.)

Members: Elmar Altvater, Eileen C. Crist, Donna J. Haraway, Daniel Hartley, Christian Parenti, Justin McBrien

The Earth has reached a tipping element. Runaway weather swap, the 6th nice extinction of planetary lifestyles, the acidification of the oceans—all element towards an period of exceptional turbulence in humanity’s courting in the internet of lifestyles. yet simply what's that dating, and the way can we make experience of this impressive transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers solutions to those questions from a dynamic crew of major severe students who problem the normal perform of dividing ancient swap and modern truth into “Nature” and “Society,” demonstrating the chances provided by means of a extra nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at each step with and in the biosphere. In distinctive registers, the authors body their discussions inside a politics of wish that sign the chances for transcending capitalism, generally understood as a “world-ecology” that joins nature, capital, and tool as a traditionally evolving whole.

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Nonhuman existence and freedom—and Earth’s very art of Life-making— are menaced by the human enterprise itself, whose potential to emerge relatively unscathed from its civilizational game of Russian roulette will only leave humanity stranded on a planet once rich in Life turned into a satellite of resources.  . were to survive at the expense of many plant and animal species, it would be no victory” (1974, 103, emphasis added). Philosopher Edmund Burke observed that the power of words is to “have an opportunity of making a deep impression and taking root in the mind” (1958, 173).

The term “human enterprise” is used in publications on the Anthropocene to characterize the trajectory of human development from the hunter-gatherer phase through the industrial revolution, to the post–Second World War period of the “Great Acceleration” into the present time. Sometimes “human enterprise” is used multiple times in a single publication (for example, at least fourteen times in Steffen et al. 2011a). To my knowledge “the human enterprise” is never defined, allowing for the cultural meaning (encouraged also by its hint of Star Trek) of history as unfolding progress to be readable in the term.

10 I use “Life” (capital L) as shorthand for the interdependent arising of biological diversity, ecological complexity, evolutionary potential, and variety of minds that occurs in terrestrial and marine wildernesses. By “wilderness” I do not refer to the spurious sense of untouched, pristine spaces, but to large-scale natural areas off-limits to excessive interference by civilized people, areas in 30 ON THE P OVERT Y OF OUR NOMENCLATURE 11 12 13 14 which diversity, complexity, speciation, and the wild and free lives of nonhumans may not only exist but flourish, and where humans—far from being in charge—can still end up being some other being’s lunch.

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