Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency

Simon ZB, Thomas JA (2022)
Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society 113(2): 396-406.

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Simon, Zoltán BoldizsárUniBi ; Thomas, Julia Adeney
Abstract / Bemerkung
This programmatic essay argues that meaningful historical engagement with the Anthropocene begins with recognizing that the concept arises not only from geology but also from Earth System science (ESS), which has evolved to incorporate both physical systems and human systems in an integrated view of our planet. It makes the case that this holistic understanding alters both the science and the history of the Anthropocene by introducing a novel form of human agency: Earth System agency. This radical new form of agency does not eclipse the individual and collective forms of agency that have always interacted with the environment but adds to them in complex and sometimes uncomfortable ways. It challenges us to develop a science-induced Anthropocene historiography and a humanities-induced Anthropocene science. The history of science is well positioned to play a dialectical role in developing a “critical friendship” between Anthropocene history and Anthropocene science—a process in which the history of science will likely be transformed as well.
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Zeitschriftentitel
Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society
Band
113
Ausgabe
2
Seite(n)
396-406
ISSN
0021-1753
eISSN
1545-6994
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2963248

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Simon ZB, Thomas JA. Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency. Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society . 2022;113(2):396-406.
Simon, Z. B., & Thomas, J. A. (2022). Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency. Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society , 113(2), 396-406. https://doi.org/10.1086/719647
Simon, Z. B., and Thomas, J. A. (2022). Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency. Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society 113, 396-406.
Simon, Z.B., & Thomas, J.A., 2022. Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency. Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society , 113(2), p 396-406.
Z.B. Simon and J.A. Thomas, “Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency”, Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society , vol. 113, 2022, pp. 396-406.
Simon, Z.B., Thomas, J.A.: Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency. Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society . 113, 396-406 (2022).
Simon, Zoltán Boldizsár, and Thomas, Julia Adeney. “Earth System Science, Anthropocene Historiography, and Three Forms of Human Agency”. Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society 113.2 (2022): 396-406.
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