Enlivenment. Eine Kultur des Lebens. Versuch einer Poetik für das Anthropozän2015
I argue that the biggest obstacle to the vexing questions of sustainability (itself a very elastic term with multiple and conflicting meanings) is the fact that science, society and politics have for the last 200 years lost their interest in understanding actual, lived and felt human existence. Scientific progress – and all explanations of biological, mental and social processes – is based on the smallest possible building blocks of matter and systems. It advances through analyses that presume that evolution in nature is guided by principles of scarcity, competition and selection of the fittest. To put it in provocative terms, one could say that rational thinking is an ideology that focuses on dead matter. Its premises have no way of comprehending the reality of lived experience. Should it be so surprising, then, that the survival of life on our planet has become the most urgent problem?
Andreas Weber. 2015. Enlivenment. Eine Kultur des Lebens. Versuch einer Poetik für das Anthropozän. Matthes & Seitz, Berlin, ISBN 978-3-95757-160-1.
English translation: Enlivenment. Towards a fundamental shift in the concepts of nature, culture and politics. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-86928-105-6.