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After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene

Category: Book
By (author): Purdy, Jedediah
Subject:  NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: February 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.20in x 5.40in x 0.75in
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Nature no longer exists apart from humanity. Henceforth, the world we will inhabit is the one we have made. Geologists have called this new planetary epoch the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans. The geological strata we are now creating record industrial emissions, industrial-scale crop pollens, and the disappearance of species driven to extinction. Climate change is planetary engineering without design. These facts of the Anthropocene are scientific, but its shape and meaning are questions for politics-a politics that does not yet exist.After Naturedevelops a politics for this post-natural world.

"After Natureargues that we will deserve the future only because it will be the one we made. We will live, or die, by our mistakes."
-Christine Smallwood,Harper's

"Dazzling...Purdy hopes that climate change might spur yet another change in how we think about the natural world, but he insists that such a shift will be inescapably political... For a relatively slim volume, this book distills an incredible amount of scholarship-about Americans' changing attitudes toward the natural world, and about how those attitudes might change in the future."
-Ross Andersen,The Atlantic

Biographical NoteJedediah Purdy is Robinson O. Everett Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law.