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The democracy of suffering : life on the edge of catastrophe, philosophy in the Anthropocene

Author: Todd Dufresne
Publisher: Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2019] ©2019
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"In The Democracy of Suffering philosopher Todd Dufresne provides a strikingly original exploration of the past, present, and future of this epoch, the Anthropocene, demonstrating how the twin crises of reason and capital have dramatically remade the essential conditions for life itself. Images, cartoons, artworks, and quotes pulled from literary and popular culture supplement this engaging and unorthodox look into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Dufresne, Todd, 1966-
Democracy of suffering.
Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2019]
(OCoLC)1090856190
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Todd Dufresne
ISBN: 9780773559615 0773559612 9780773559622 0773559620
OCLC Number: 1101965013
Description: 1 online resource (xxvi, 220 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface, or what's love (of wisdom) got to do with climate change? --
The past (ca 1784-1968), subjects of reason --
The present (ca 1968-2008), world as object or the anthropocene condition --
The future (ca 2008-2100), on the democracy of suffering --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Life on the edge of catastrophe, philosophy in the Anthropocene
Responsibility: Todd Dufresne.
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"In The Democracy of Suffering philosopher Todd Dufresne provides a strikingly original exploration of the past, present, and future of this epoch, the Anthropocene, demonstrating how the twin crises of reason and capital have dramatically remade the essential conditions for life itself. Images, cartoons, artworks, and quotes pulled from literary and popular culture supplement this engaging and unorthodox look into where we stand amidst the ravages of climate change and capitalist economics. With humour, passion, and erudition, Dufresne diagnoses a frightening new reality and proposes a way forward, arguing that our serial experiences of catastrophic climate change herald an intellectual and moral awakening--one that lays the groundwork, albeit at the last possible moment, for a future beyond individualism, hate, and greed. That future is unapologetically collective. It begins with a shift in human consciousness, with philosophy in its broadest sense, and extends to a reengagement with our greatest ideals of economic, social, and political justice for all. But this collective future, Dufresne argues, is either now or never. Uncovering how we got into this mess and how, if at all, we get out of it, The Democracy of Suffering is a flicker of light, or perhaps a scream, in the face of human extinction and the end of civilization."--

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