Cosmologies of the Anthropocene: Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

Have we been misconcieving matter and the natural world since Descartes? Arne Johan Vetlesen talks about his new book "Cosmologies of the Anthropocene: Panpsychism, Animism, and the Limits of Posthumanism".

Arne Johan Vetlesen is professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo. In Cosmologies of the Anthropocene: Panpsychism, Animism, and the Limits of Posthumanism, he engages with the classic philosophical question of mind and matter, seeking to show its altered meaning and acuteness in the era of the Anthropocene. Arguing that matter, and, more broadly, the natural world, has been misconceived since Descartes, Vetlesen explores the devastating impact that this has had in practice in the West.

Bookcover, Cosmologies of the Anthropocene by Arne Johan Vetlesen. Dead fish on a beach.
Photo: Routledge

About the event

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Environment
Published May 5, 2019 1:59 PM - Last modified May 29, 2019 4:11 PM