COP26 and the Post-anthropocene: rival conceptions of nature and the perils of anti-humanism
This presentation offers a series of philosophical reflections on certain trends within the environmental and especially XR movements which critique the supposed elevation of human exceptionalism within the ecological order.
These movements of feeling and ideas argue in favour of a decentring of human privilege as a necessary condition of environmental restoration and sustainability. Drawing upon ancient and contemporary thought, the presentation traces this view to a major dispute within the account of Nature prominent in Western thought and refracted through both its classical philosophical and Judaeo-Christian traditions of reasoning.
Attending to the thematics of stewardship, transcendence-subjugation and integrated ecology, the presentation highlights the dangers of the increasingly apocalyptic anti-humanism in several expressions of this conflict and proposes a reconciliation attuned to both the dignity of the human and the demanding ethical responsibilisation that flows from this recognition.
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Part of the COP26 activities at the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow