Facing Gaia

To turn away once again from the tragicomedy and stop facing Gaia. We would lie back down cozily, our heads on the soft pillow of climate skepticism. I don't know whether you remember this or not, but, once upon a time, when we looked ...

Facing Gaia

The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of nature. For the last three centuries new ideas of nature have been continually developed by theology, politics, economics, and science, especially the sciences of the material world. The situation is even more unstable today, now that we have entered an ecological mutation of unprecedented scale. Some call it the Anthropocene, but it is best described as a new climatic regime. And a new regime it certainly is, since the many unexpected connections between human activity and the natural world oblige every one of us to reopen the earlier notions of nature and redistribute what had been packed inside. So the question now arises: what will replace the old ways of looking at nature? This book explores a potential candidate proposed by James Lovelock when he chose the name 'Gaia' for the fragile, complex system through which living phenomena modify the Earth. The fact that he was immediately misunderstood proves simply that his readers have tried to fit this new notion into an older frame, transforming Gaia into a single organism, a kind of giant thermostat, some sort of New Age goddess, or even divine Providence. In this series of lectures on 'natural religion,' Bruno Latour argues that the complex and ambiguous figure of Gaia offers, on the contrary, an ideal way to disentangle the ethical, political, theological, and scientific aspects of the now obsolete notion of nature. He lays the groundwork for a future collaboration among scientists, theologians, activists, and artists as they, and we, begin to adjust to the new climatic regime.

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Facing Gaia
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Bruno Latour
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-09-05 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of nature. For the last three centuries new ideas of nature have been continually developed by theology, politics, economics, and science, especially the sciences of the material world. The situation is even more unstable today, now that
Facing Gaia
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Bruno Latour
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-24 - Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of nature. For the last three centuries new ideas of nature have been continually developed by theology, politics, economics, and science, especially the sciences of the material world. The situation is even more unstable today, now that
Prometheus and Gaia
Language: en
Pages: 188
Authors: Harrison Fluss, Landon Frim
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2022-02-01 - Publisher: Anthem Press

Prometheus and Gaia examines the ideological positions of Futurism and Eco-Pessimism. While these are rarely spoken about in mainstream discourse, they do have strong resonances in today’s popular politics and culture. In light of existential threats posed by climate change, disruptive technologies and economic crises, many have grown weary of
A World of Many Worlds
Language: en
Pages: 232
Authors: Marisol de la Cadena, Mario Blaser
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-23 - Publisher: Duke University Press

A World of Many Worlds is a search into the possibilities that may emerge from conversations between indigenous collectives and the study of science's philosophical production. The contributors explore how divergent knowledges and practices make worlds. They work with difference and sameness, recursion, divergence, political ontology, cosmopolitics, and relations, using
Gaian Systems
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Bruce Clarke
Categories: Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-09-29 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

A groundbreaking look at Gaia theory’s intersections with neocybernetic systems theory Often seen as an outlier in science, Gaia has run a long and varied course since its formulation in the 1970s by atmospheric chemist James Lovelock and microbiologist Lynn Margulis. Gaian Systems is a pioneering exploration of the dynamic