ERICH HÖRL: Origins of the Contemporary Ecological Paradigm


The image of planet earth has become an icon of possibly the last utopias of the 20th century: of living in ecological harmony with nature, and of the creation of a borderless world. It transmits visions of one-ness, of wholeness, of a united world, and it popularized both ecological and systems thinking and appeared to support the idea of a post-nation state, globalized and networked society. What does the image of planet earth “want”, what operations does it perform on various ideological and affective registers?

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