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Philosophy of the Anthropocene: The Human Turn


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. First Investigation: Exploring the Role of Humans in the Anthropocene Landscape

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sverre Raffnsøe
      Pages 20-27
  3. Second Investigation: Exploring the Human Turn as a Challenge for Humans and the Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 28-28
    2. Sverre Raffnsøe
      Pages 29-34
    3. Sverre Raffnsøe
      Pages 59-62
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 63-75

About this book


The Anthropocene is heralded as a new epoch distinguishing itself from all foregoing eons in the history of the Earth. It is characterized by the overarching importance of the human species in a number of respects, but also by the recognition of human dependence and precariousness. A critical human turn affecting the human condition is still in the process of arriving in the wake of an initial Copernican Revolution and Kant's ensuing second Copernican Counter-revolution.

Within this landscape, issues concerning the human - its finitude, responsiveness, responsibility, maturity, auto-affection and relationship to itself - appear rephrased and re-accentuated as decisive probing questions. In this book Sverre Raffnsøe explores how the change has ramifications for the kinds of knowledge that can be acquired concerning human beings and for the human sciences as a study of human existential beings in the world.


The Anthropocene human turn Copernican Revolution human sciences humanities human condition human beings anthropocentrism anthropology knowledge media philosophy social philosophy social science tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, Politics and PhilosophyCopenhagen Business SchoolDenmark

About the authors

Sverre Raffnsøe is Professor of Philosophy and Editor-in-Chief of Foucault Studies at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. In addition to Foucault: Studienhandbuch (2010), Foucault: A Research Companion (Palgrave, 2014), Nietzsche's 'Genealogie der Moral' (2007) and Coexistence without Common Sense, Vol. I-III (doctoral dissertation 2002, 911 pages), he is the author of books and articles on philosophical aesthetics, management philosophy, social philosophy and recent French and German philosophy.

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