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The Unconstructable Earth


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Introduction: Reconstructing the Earth? 1Part I. The Mirror of the Anthropocene: Geoengineering, Terraforming, and Earth Stewardship The Copenhagen Chiasm 251. The Screen of Geoengineering 272. The Mirror of the Anthropocene 343. Terraforming: Reconstructing the Earth, Recreating Life 454. The Logic of Geopower: Power, Management, and Earth Stewardship 56Part II. The Future of Eco-constructivism: From Resilience to Accelerationism Turbulence, Resilience, Distance 715. An Ecology of Resilience: The Political Economy of Turbulence 736. The Extraplanetary Environment of the Ecomodernists 837. The "Political Ecology" of Bruno Latour: No Environments, No Limits, No Monsters (Not Even Fear) 908. Anaturalism and Its Ghosts 1059. The Technological Fervor of Eco-constructivism 118Part III. An Ecology of Separation: Natured, Naturing, Denaturing Object, Subject, Traject 13310. Naturing Nature and Natured Nature 13511. The Real Nature of an Ecology of Separation 14612. Denaturing Nature 15513. The Unconstructable Earth 165Conclusion: What Is to Be Unmade? 179Notes 189Index 225

About the Author

Frederic Neyrat (Author)
Frederic Neyrat is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is editor of Alienocene, an online journal that charts the environmental humanities and contemporary theory. His first book in English (following thirteen in French) is Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism (Fordham, 2018).
Drew S. Burk (Translator)
Drew S. Burk is the translator of more than dozen books in continental philosophy and theory.


"This is a vitally important book that stakes out a new position in the environmental humanities. Neyrat offers both a critique of current tendencies in ecological thought and positive proposals for a different philosophical approach. This is not a book of policy recommendations, but rather of basic foundational concerns that any actually policy will have to address and to be answerable to. A powerful and closely reasoned argument that anyone concerned with the fate of the Earth needs to take into account." -- Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University
"This is a book of great interest that addresses a topic of considerable concern among environmentalists in North America and Western Europe today-how to find a third way between 'eco-modernism' and an organic and holistic nature." -- Ursula Heise, University of California, Los Angeles
"An unflinching critique of geoengineering, this book offers hope in a sliver of uncolonized, unmapped, unconstructed space and time, amid the super-storms of ideology, the teleology of historicism, and the bad faith of political actors with vested interests. Planet earth is not an object or a subject, but a trajectory in time and space toward anti-production, entropy, perhaps extinction-cause for a new political ecology in the time of 400+ ppm of C02." -- Karen Pinkus, author of Fuel: A Speculative Dictionary
Neyrat makes an ambitious, imaginative, and provocative case against the rampant trend in the West towards techno-optimism... * Choice *

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