Being human in the Anthropocene

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This essay aims to show how what is most intimately and essentially human – our ideas, personal purposes, feelings, and dreams – finds space for expression within the autonomous, unfeeling, physical dynamics of the technosphere – the defining system of the Anthropocene. The approach adopted is based on systems science and aims to avoid metaphysical assumptions about the nature and importance of human values. A non-humanistic analysis of human potential shows why the demands of the physical technosphere on human behavior leave space for nominally non-technospheric activities, such as the pursuit of personal purposes. The dynamical perspective also highlights the central role of humanistic pushback against technospheric encroachment on the human domain.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Haff, PK

Published Date

  • August 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 103 - 109

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2053-020X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2053-0196

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/2053019617700875

Citation Source

  • Scopus