Anthropocenic Poetics: Ethics and Aesthetics in a New Geological Age


What is absent from the scientific discourse on the Anthropocene is a postcolonial perspective that points out the fact that we are not talking about generalizable social, economic, and cultural structures and belief systems, but that instead we are describing very specific political, economic, and discursive regimes of power. Humanity as a whole did not get us to this point, but rather Western civilization, and not all humans are affected equally by the consequences of environmental degradation. The continued existence of these regimes in the Anthropocene necessitates the critique of their basic ideological underpinnings and beliefs.