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Geopraxis: A Concept for the Anthropocene


Omodeo,  Pietro Daniel
Department Structural Changes in Systems of Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Max Planck Society;

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Omodeo, P. D. (2023). Geopraxis: A Concept for the Anthropocene. Journal of Interdisciplinary History of Ideas, 11(22): 9, pp. 9:1-9:52. doi:10.13135/2280-8574/7337.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-91B5-3
This essay deals with the most urgent political-epistemological question in the Anthropocene debate, namely the identification of the subject of the ongoing planetary transformation. It presents philosophical perspectives, concepts and historiographical approaches that can help bring into focus humans’ transformative action. It proposes geopraxis as a viable concept, which connects the geological agency of today’s societies with the political problem of collective action, in line with the Gramscian concept of praxis. A historical and open conception of humanity, as a de-essentialized process of decision-taking and self-determination, is here defended as the theoretical basis for geoanthropology, as the emergent cross-disciplinary Anthropocene paradigm.