The Anthropocene and Negative Anthropology

This is an excellent piece on the concept of the Anthropocene by Hannes Bajohr, who generally seems to have a lot of interesting work out there, particularly on Blumenberg. Deftly summarizing some intricate debates, clear, excellently paced. Part of his final contention is that we should turn to some 20th-century German philosophy in these debates; I’m sympathetic.

Not sure though if negative anthropology is the way to go (the negation of a metaphysical statement remains a metaphysical statement). Why not talk more about ‘men in the plural’? If The Subject refuses to die, let’s pluralize and think rather about different kinds of subjectivity. Certain strands in both Latour and Rorty could lead that way.

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