Defining the Anthropocene

August 28th, 2019

Which connotations does the Anthropocene concept carry? What does it hide and obscure? An input on the conceptual implications of the Anthropocene term by Bruce Braun

The Anthropocene entails a paradigmatic epistemological shift within Western knowledge traditions. As the world can no longer be perceived through definite, unambiguous ontological categories, an examination of notions of entanglement and relationality becomes ever more pressing. In his discussion of these guiding assumptions, Bruce Braun points to blindspots, troubles, and drawbacks implied in the Anthropocene concept.