De-limitations: Of Other Earths

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Abstract

In my essay I will explore the geophilosophical possibility of rethinking the figure of the earth in twentieth-century Western philosophical thought and suggest new opportunities for thinking that open up with the twenty-first century. On the one hand, “Earth” as a Western concept has been reduced to an exhaustible resource—an endangered planet condemned to its own ending. On the other hand, another continent seems to have emerged in contemporary philosophical thought in reaction to this brutal relationship with the planet—“Earth” as a dark, impenetrable and indestructible reserve, the last resource of thought. A materialization of an unconditional power, this Earth seems to reproduce the original need for a wild, ultimate refuge for the philosophical thought of the twentieth century. To this archaic Earth of thought, whose survival seems to depend on preserving itself untouched, and untouchable, I confront another possibility, the geo-anarchy of other earths—the material insurrection of planetary energies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-183
Number of pages18
JournalStasis
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • earth
  • geophilosophy
  • mythopoesis
  • anarchy
  • materialism
  • Anarchy
  • Earth
  • Geophilosophy
  • Mythopoesis
  • Materialism

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