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Stratigraphy for the Renaissance: Questions of Expertise for ‘the Environment’ and ‘the Anthropocene’
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.
2017 (English)In: The Anthropocene Review, ISSN 2053-0196, E-ISSN 2053-020X, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 246-258Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article examines the short history of scientific decision-making and expertise in deliberations about the validity of the term ‘Anthropocene’ by the International Commission on Stratigraphy. Contrary to fears that the Anthropocene debates constitute a politicisation of proper scientific practice, it argues that periodisation and categorisation in science (in stratigraphy, in this case) typically draws on expertise and information outside core disciplinary practice. When broad integrative concepts come into play, knowledge itself is reshaped. Disciplines and ‘non-scientific’ concerns develop new relations with each other. This is what happened in the Renaissance, when science itself emerged in its modern form. Here parallels are drawn between the emergence of the concept ‘the environment’ in the post-war era and the 21st-century struggles over the idea of ‘the Anthropocene’. The politics of science create uncertainties but equally nurture emergent possibilities for analysis that are not unlike the broad categories and periodisations – such as the Renaissance – in the humanities.

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Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 4, no 3, p. 246-258
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-221774DOI: 10.1177/2053019617738803Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85038023947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-221774DiVA, id: diva2:1177217
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