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Metatheory for the Anthropocene : Emancipatory Praxis for Planetary Flourishing (Hardcover)
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This volume is a ‘stand alone’ follow up and companion to the forthcoming volumeMetatheory for the 21st-Century: Critical Realism and Integral Theory in Dialogue.Whereas Vol. I is primarily theoretical in its focus, this volume (Vol. II) will build on many of the theoretical foundations laid in Vol. I while applying them more concretely and practically to addressing the complex planetary crises of a new era that many scholars now refer to as ‘the Anthropocene.’
We live in a time when humanity’s powers have become so powerful and ubiquitous that our impact on nature has literally reached tectonic proportions. Welcome to the Anthropocene (Crutzen, 2002): a new epoch marked by the profound and far-reaching causal power of human, social life in shaping the trajectory of Earth system processes, including the climate system. The state of the world is thus profoundly influenced by the shortcomings of our dominant philosophies and metatheories and the collective self-understanding(s) they have produced. A key aim of this volume is thus to develop metatheoretical applications that serve emancipatory praxis toward a flourishing world.
This volume will be of interest to upper-undergraduate and post-graduate students of philosophy, sociology and critical realism.