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Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

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Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth System as a whole, bringing on a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - one in which the serene and clement conditions that allowed civilisation to flourish are disappearing and we quail before 'the wakened giant'.

The emergence of a conscious creature capable of using technology to bring
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Published June 5th 2017 by Polity Press
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Marc Boisseau
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I like Clive Hamilton. I have read many of his books.
However, I found this book very disappointing. In the preface, the author says that he struggled to write this book. It shows. It is very repetitive (probably because the author did not have much to say). It is not clear who is the target audience. Not recommended.
Karel Baloun
Hamilton's Affluenza was deeply meaningful to me, on the deep ethics and psychological benefits of reducing and limiting consumption, and material desires. I was hoping for a similar popular work on climate change... instead I found a short scholarly collection of arguments. If you love classical philosophy, then and only then, you may love this book.

Update: dammit, Hamilton didn't coin Affluenza, I had him confused with John de Graaf. Makes me want to rip away a star, but it's just my misplaced
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Jude Alford
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that should have stayed an essay. Read as much as I could and was no further enlightened after 90 pages as after 15.
Joseph Spuckler
Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene by Clive Hamilton is a complex discussion of the coming, or already arrived, Anthropocene Era. Hamilton is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) and the Vice-Chancellor's Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University. He is a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government, and is the Founder and former Executive Dir ...more
Dan Browne
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A lucid account of the recent literature, sets the stage and stakes of the current scenario appropriately, and is one of the most comprehensive critical assessments I've read of ecomodernist and post-humanist ideas. While I don't entirely agree with all of the points made, they are well-considered and written with clarity. I can't help but feel that a lot of authors are writing the same Anthropocene book over and over these days; this one is a good read and unlike many others, Hamilton is clear ...more
Brian Harrison
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are a host of books on the subject of Climate Change, and possibly even more on the definition of the ' Anthropocene ' why it is called so, how it is defined, and by whom.
In this riveting work, Clive Hamilton, with great patience and enormous knowledge walks the reader through the various opinions and arguments, and the dire consequences that the Anthropocene represents.The world is in desperate need to fully comprehend just what this new ' epoch ' means; how human activity has disrupted
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Kristine Steenbergh
Clive Hamilton disagrees with ecomodernists and posthumanists alike, positing an ethics for the anthropocene grounded in the agency of humankind as well as that of Earth. Useful for the quick and resolute overview of anthropocene theory in the humanities, the book is quite sweeping in its dismissal of others' ideas and concepts. ...more
Shannan
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a binge read. It is a pretty good exploration of the term Anthropocene and links back to the climate change hyperobject. Repetitive but that doesn’t stop it from being readable.
Mikeynom Thomason
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dense and urgent. Loses a star for being a tad self absorbed and overusing the words Earth System.

Certainly puts things in perspective.
Anna Groover
Interesting argument. I’m still processing whether I buy it, but regardless, it was presented well.
Kyle
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Could this book not be written as a 15 page paper and convey the same message?
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Clive Hamilton AM FRSA is an Australian public intellectual and Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and the Vice-Chancellor's Chair in Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University. He is a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government, and is the Founder and former Executive Director of The Australia Institute. He regula ...more

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