Title

Place and the Hermeneutics of the Anthropocene

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2016

Abstract

Connecting the Anthropocene to the "spatial turn" in theology, the present essay has two goals. First, departing from more common readings, this essay suggests that "the Anthropocene" is a hermeneutical concept, which serves as an interpretive name for how the contemporary human-environment relationship is materialized and thought. Second, this essay argues that the hermeneutics of the Anthropocene requires a point of mediation found in philosophical readings of human dwelling and the theological desire to find the integrity of place. The meaning of the Anthropocene can be used theologically to expose the contradictions within our imagination of the material location of the human future.

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