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Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of by Gaia Vince

By Gaia Vince

We know our planet is in obstacle, and that it truly is principally our fault. yet all too usually the total photograph of swap is obstructed by way of dense info units and specific catastrophes. being affected by this obscurity in her function as an editor at Nature, Gaia Vince determined to trip the area and notice for herself what existence is basically like for individuals at the frontline of this new truth. What she chanced on used to be a host humans doing the main awesome things.

During her trip she unearths a guy who's making synthetic glaciers in Nepal in addition to a person who's portray mountains white to draw snowstorm; take the electrified reefs of the Maldives; or the guy who's making islands out of garbage within the Caribbean. those are usual people who find themselves fixing serious crises in loopy, inventive, powerful methods. whereas Vince doesn't mince phrases concerning the hard place our species is in, those really good tales, mixed with the hot technology that underpins Gaia's services and examine, make for a persuasive, illuminating — and unusually hopeful — learn on what the Anthropocene potential for our destiny.

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As has been noted by several biographers, Gassendi in March 1629 still referred to his life of Epicurus as an adjunct to the old anti- Refuting Aristotle 49 39 Aristotelian project. 50 His commitment to Epicurus was not the result of a quick conversion. What did this lack of total commitment signify about Gassendi's state of mind? It meant, on the one hand, that he could not yet envision Epicurus' logic, physics, and ethics as full replacements for Aristotle's logic, metaphysics, physics and ethics.

29 Having thus recalled Sextus' first, second, and tenth tropes, he concludes Book II with defenses of two key Pyrrhonian positions. Beyond a knowledge of appearances, he says, nothing can be known. 30 The use of Pyrrhonian skeptical arguments greatly enhanced the effectiveness of Gassendi's refutation of the doctrines of Aristotle's logical works. Skepticism, he had realized while still a professor at Aix, was both a powerful and flexible weapon, one which could be successfully employed against all philosophies.

At his disposal, even in the provincial city of Aix, were texts, manuscripts, and artifacts representing the classical cultures of Greece and Rome. 2 The standard philosophy curriculum at Aix had assimilated, in the Greek texts of Aristotle, only a fraction of the ancient philosophical works which Italian, Dutch, and French humanists had spent the better part of two centuries making available to their contemporaries. 3 However, Gassendi himself could not yet have been counted as a humanist in any meaningful sense, since he had not perfected any of the technical skills practiced by scholars like Peiresc.

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