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18 September

TERRASOPHY. Rethinking the Human-Earth relationship in the 21st century
Henk Manschot, University of Humanistic Studies

The current global ecological situation makes us aware that the earth is not just a neutral background against which our human development takes place. For more and more people, it becomes obvious that we are entering a phase in history in which we have to seriously deal with what some scientists call the “planetary boundaries” of our homeland Earth. With the advent of the epoch known as the 'Anthropocene', the Earth is very much in the foreground and in constant rivalry with human intentionality. The French cultural anthropologist and philosopher Bruno Latour (1947) defends that a critical analysis of our time will make us not only to understand the seriousness of this topic, but also awake a sense of urgency and action in us. We need a new understanding of who we are as human beings and resituate human development in the larger picture of the biosphere.

In this opening lecture, I will explore the profound transformations of the human-earth interactions and reflect on questions of global, local and personal responsibility. I suggest that bio-, local and cultural diversity should become key values of a world-wide ecological pluralism. The current environmental situation presents itself as a catalyst which presses new ways of thinking about the relationship between ecology, sustainable and human development.

Reading and video material
1. From a human-centered to a life-centered Humanism: Three dimensions of an ecological turn by H. Manschot and C. Suranksy

2. VPRO/Tegenlicht. Het tijdperk van de mens (45 minutes) Only Dutch

3. Project Drawdown with Paul Hawken. (12 minutes)

4. Nietzsche als Ecofilosoof. In gesprek met Henk Manschot en René ten Bos. (60 mintutes) Only Dutch

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