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The Anthropocene, Technology and Fictional Literature

Fakultät Angewandte Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt, 97421 Schweinfurt, Germany
Humanities 2020, 9(3), 56;
Received: 9 June 2020 / Revised: 26 June 2020 / Accepted: 26 June 2020 / Published: 2 July 2020
In the Geosciences, the new concept of the Anthropocene has been well established. Today, in the Humanities, it is increasingly also accepted as centrally relevant because it allows us to describe our present world in a more accurate fashion. The critical question of this study is what opportunities result from literature and literary studies in order to increase our understanding of the Anthropocene. This essay argues in favor of promoting the study of literature and of the Humanities in the search for necessary impulses that might free us from unilateral-instrumental concepts employed by the Natural Sciences as the only academic field that might be able to solve problems using exclusively technological strategies. We live in the Anthropocene now and must engage with it critically by drawing from both the Natural Sciences and the Humanities if we want to hope for a livable future here on earth. View Full-Text
Keywords: Anthropocene; transhumanism; nature writing; physical reductionism Anthropocene; transhumanism; nature writing; physical reductionism
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