Ontological Justification of the Anthropocene Epoch

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The beginning of the term of Anthropocene is emerged in the early twentieth century to describe a new geological age marking human beings as the planet earth forces. After that, the justification and ratification of Anthropocene become one of the most recent debates on geological science because there lays a controversy regarding the validity of Anthropocene as the geological epoch, especially regarding the necessity and desirability of the position of human in geological discourse as the prominent factors. Furthermore, although it is originated from the scientific term, many experts contend that it is only a voguish word and allegedly geologically problematic because of the conceptual appropriations from other fields, such as philosophy, social sciences, and liberal art. However, the causal efficacy of the recent human activities is too impactful to be not taken into account. A careful examination and hopefully ontological justification, then, is necessary to be conducted to elucidate whether that ontological turn does occur, which is represented by a question regarding the status of that human force and the intelligibility of the nomenclature. This lecture will bring the discussion of Anthropocene ontological justification from the history to the philosophical thought and will be divided into three lectures:

1. The short story of Anthropocene
2. Anthropo-scene: The Anthropocene or the Anthropocentric
3. After Anthropocene

by Rangga Kala M. (Head of Metaphysics and Technology at Ze-No)
Yogyakarta | 27 January, 03, and 10 February 2019
Time: 15.00 – 17.00 WIB
Venue: Sengkan RT 07 RW 059 Gang Nakula no 16 Joho Condongcatur, Depok, Sleman Yogyakarta 55281 (Ze-No Office)