We have been told that we are living in the Anthropocene, a geological era shaped by humans rather than by nature. In Enlivenment, German philosopher Andreas Weber presents an alternative understanding of our relationship with nature, arguing not that humans control nature but that humans and nature exist in a commons of mutual transformation. There is no nature-human dualism, he contends, because the fundamental dimension of existence is shared in what he calls "aliveness." All subjectivity is intersubjectivity. Self is self-through-other. Seeing all beings in a common household of matter, desire, and imagination, an economy of metabolic and economic transformation, is "enlivenment.¿ This perspective allows us to move beyond Enlightenment-style thinking that strips material reality of any subjectivity. This first English edition of Enlivenment has been expanded and updated from the German edition.
Andreas Weber, Jahrgang 1967, ist Philosoph und Biologe. Er lebt mit seiner Frau und seinen beiden Kindern in Berlin.§2010 erhielt er den GEO Reporterpreis