TALK – “What is humanity in the Anthropocene?”, Montreal (Canada)

Philopolis special lecture

What is humanity in the Anthropocene?
— a talk by honourable guest Prof. Hasana Sharp, Department of Philosophy, McGill University.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5pm
UQÀM – Université du Québec à Montréal
405 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est – Montréal, Canada
Room DS-R510

This talk, which is part of Philopolis, will consider what the “Anthropocene” means for philosophical anthropology. Geologists have alerted us to the fact that, since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has imposed a massive signature on the earth’s systems, announcing itself as a new super-agent, that will be legible from the point of view of geohistory. If, as Naomi Klein, states, “this changes everything,” how ought it change our philosophical self-conceptions? The talk will consider a selection of representations of the super-agency of humanity from the history of philosophy in light of climate change and the threat of ecological catastrophe. We will also consider feminist and postcolonial criticisms of philosophical reflection on the nature of “man.”

Free and open to the public.