Preprint Article Version 1 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Anthropocene: Does the New Geological Age push towards a Metamorphosis of the World

Version 1 : Received: 28 September 2021 / Approved: 30 September 2021 / Online: 30 September 2021 (13:16:55 CEST)

How to cite: Ortega, J.L. Anthropocene: Does the New Geological Age push towards a Metamorphosis of the World. Preprints 2021, 2021090514 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0514.v1). Ortega, J.L. Anthropocene: Does the New Geological Age push towards a Metamorphosis of the World. Preprints 2021, 2021090514 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0514.v1).

Abstract

The Anthropocene has created a new cartography. Various disciplines and discourses overlap each other. Two fields of knowledge: geology and anthropology are unified in one single concept. The Axial Age separated everyday practices from an unbiased and objective view of the world. Romanticism, in the nineteenth century, challenged the separation between the natural sciences and the sciences of the spirit. Paul J. Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer had two distinct parts; a first establishes "a period of time" the second an "epistemic tool". This paper is intended to illustrate the epistemological dimension of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene defines the present geological epoch as dominated by humans. Eduard Suess, Antonio Stopani, Teilhard de Chardin, Vladimir Vernadsky etc., a century ago, anticipated the concept of Anthropocene. "Noösphere" is a term from the "world of thought". The hypothesis of an earth as a living organism, which is inspired by J.W. Goethe's "Naturwissenschaft", allows two disciplines to be inte-grated into one term: geology and anthropology. We have atmospheric phenomena that are in-compressible without presupposing life. The Anthropocene modifies the foundations of our vi-sion of the world. In the Gaia Hypothesis we find the same roots as in the Anthropocene concept: Goethe, Vernadky, etc. The concepts of symbiogenesis, homeostasis, etc., allow us to formulate new questions. This paper analyzes the reconfiguration of relations between the earth and all its inhabitants. It is, for the social sciences, a challenge: a metamorphosis of our vision of the world is taking place.

Keywords

Anthropocene; Noosphere; Biosphere; Morphology; Metamorphosis; Geophysiology

Comments (0)

We encourage comments and feedback from a broad range of readers. See criteria for comments and our diversity statement.

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0


×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.
We use cookies on our website to ensure you get the best experience.
Read more about our cookies here.