Belcher, Oliver and Schmidt, Jeremy J. (2020) 'Being earthbound : Arendt, process, and alienation in the anthropocene.', Environment and planning D : society and space., 39 (1). pp. 103-120.
Hannah Arendt developed a twofold account of ‘being earthbound’ directly relevant to Anthropocene debates regarding the political. For Arendt, both senses of ‘being earthbound’ arose as humans began to act into nature, not merely upon it. The first sense is oriented to a political ontology of process, which arose as human actions – political, technological, scientific – nullified modernist conceits separating humans from nature. The second sense is one of earth alienation, which is referenced specifically to a scientific praxis coincident with advances in science and technology that alienates common sense experiences in politics. Though not unqualified, these two senses of being earthbound anchor our argument that Arendt offered prescient resources for understanding the political in the Anthropocene at the intersection of science, capital and world. The article ends by contrasting Arendt’s account of being earthbound with Bruno Latour’s recent interventions on the politics of Gaia.
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|Date accepted:||02 August 2020|
|Date deposited:||02 September 2020|
|Date of first online publication:||01 September 2020|
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