Latour on Gaia

Bruno Latour is giving the Gifford Lectures in Edinburgh next February – “Facing Gaia: A new enquiry into Natural Religion”. He’ll be giving a series of six lectures, which sound intriguing. Here, for example, is his abstract for lecture five, War of the Worlds: Humans Against Earthlings:

In the absence of any Providence to settle matters of concern — and thus of nature, its barely disguised substitute — no peaceful resolution of Gaian conflicts can be expected. The recognition of a state of war and the designation of enmity is indispensable if a state of diplomacy is later to be reached. Under the pressure of so many apocalyptic injunctions, what is a Gaian political theology?

This sounds like an awesome way to end February.


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