Essays on Extinction: Death of the posthuman by Claire Colebrook

By Claire Colebrook

"Death of the PostHuman undertakes a chain of severe encounters with the legacy of what had grow to be often called 'theory,' and its modern supposedly post-human aftermath. There should be no redemptive post-human destiny within which the myopia and anthropocentrism of the species reveals an go out and manages to emerge with ecology and lifestyles. whilst, what has emerge as often called the human - regardless of its normative depth - grants neither beginning nor severe lever within the Anthropocene epoch. demise of the PostHuman argues for a twenty-first century deconstruction of ecological and probably post-human futures."--Publisher's description.

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The very notion of trading carbon emissions—that as long as a payoff is made somewhere or by someone then further destruction can be sanctioned—not only (again) places human response in the mode of homo economicus, it also precludes any genuine thought of the future. If carbon emissions can be managed, traded, and held at ‘acceptable’ levels then we fail to confront the scientific evidence that indicates that even a halt in current carbon emissions would leave a tailing effect that would continue to wreak havoc; continued trade in emissions presupposes that the future will be different in degree, or a continuation of the present, and not different in kind.

If behavior is based not so much on (even implicit) regulatory ideals regarding the proper life that one ought to live, but more on some preceding and determining life, then the mode of decision or axiology shifts from selfdetermination to alignment—bringing human existence into accord with the life of which it is an expression. We tend to explain human actions by appealing to some prior logic of life from which they emerge. There is a shift from assessing human action according to its manifest sense to regarding ‘man’ as a strangely doubled animal who is the outcome of a longer history of life processes that he can only dimly discern.

Before considering why any simple inclusion of the humanities in climate change studies needs to be questioned, I would like to open a series of considerations. First, the combinations of the hard sciences and human sciences that make up climate change studies—even though interdisciplinary research networks bring these sciences together—keep the disciplinary borders of various fields in place. There are, of course, some sciences—geography, psychology—that are in part both hard and social sciences, but even this division within the subject presupposes something like the idea of a human science.

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