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Scenes with the Earth as actor: Agency and the early-modern Earth (2020)


This essay asks how several major figures of Renaissance and early-modern philosophy saw the Earth as agential. It argues that the Earth’s agency served as a well-articulated and fundamental concept in their philosophies. That is, figures like Giordano Bruno and Johannes Kepler conceived of the Earth’s agency such that it solved key problems in their cosmological systems. The essay is inspired by Bruno Latour’s ecological thought, even as it acts as a corrective to certain of his assertions about early modernity. The essay concludes with some practical lessons that might be taken from early modernity.

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Authors & Contributors
Luzzini, Francesco
Giuliano Pinto
Vergani, Raffaello
Dini, Alessandro
Peruzzi, Enrico
Katia Occhi
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Acque Sotterranee
Edizioni ETS
Universitätsverlag Winter
Environmental history
Earth sciences
Natural resource management
Water resource management
Kepler, Johannes
Brahe, Tycho
Biringuccio, Vannoccio
Scheuchzer, Johann Jakob
Alighieri, Dante
Galilei, Galileo
Time Periods
Early modern
16th century
17th century
15th century
Tuscany (Italy)
Alps (Europe)
Florence (Italy)
Royal Society of London

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