THE POST-ECOCIDAL TURN a collective and concerted attempt endeavoured on the part of a cohort of intellectuals who second the climate justice approach in their ecopolitics

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" [...] Since the beginning of the Upper Palaeolithic Age, perhaps 70,000/40,000 years ago, Man has been taking the offensive against the rest of the biosphere; but it is only since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, no more than two hundred years ago, that Man has become decisively dominant. Within the last two centuries, Man has increased his material power to a degree at which he has become a menace to the biosphere's survival; but he has no increased his spiritual potentiality; the gap between this and his material power has consequently been widening; and this growing discrepancy is disconcerting; for an increase in Man's spiritual potentiality is now the only conceivable change in the constitution of the biosphere that can insure the biosphereand, in the biosphere, Man himselfagainst being destroyed by a greed that is now armed with the ability to defeat its own intentions." 

 Arnold J. Toynbee, Mankind and Mother Earth: A Narrative History of the World, London: Book Club Associates, 1976, p. 575 

It is part-and-parcel of our Zeitgeist that world histroy needs a major revamp if we are to, literally, survive a not too distant future. We cannot longer afford that history keeps repeating itself. More genocides, more ecocides; the same tricks that follow from the uneducated, shortsighted ego. The time is high for us to reflexively write history. 

This history has to be written retrospectively. That is, by high-culturally —read: philosophically envisioning the utopia we are to live in the near future and subsequently delivering it middle-culturally —read: socio-politically—and perhaps most importantly following our irreducibley carnal condition of which we ought to be so proud! low-culturally —read: embodiedly. It goes without saying that utopia here should no longer be conceived as an unattainable place. Rather, it should be regarded as this stead which humankind is to inhabit in sisterhood, or perhaps we'd rather say, re-sisterhood in view of the much resistance that the realization of this utopia shall certainly require of us all. 

The forming of a research group geared at the writing up of the world history of the Age of Re-Embodiments is strongly encouraged. This research group should aim at a simultaneously economic, ecological, social and ethical history, where the international climate change regime is taken as the starting geopolitical map. The philosophical insight applied to create a constellation of new categories of knowledge, namely, the transpositions, should be used to analyse and steer the mapa mundi towards re-embodiment and re-embeddedness. 

To be sure, the world history of the Age of Re-Embodiments is a history written from the future into the present. A post-ecocidally re-embdoying world is envisioned so that humankind can walk into this righteous direction. 


'rethinking' (transposing, to be more precise) philosophy, science and 



Post-ecocidal cultures destabilize key concepts of Western metaphysics by evincing their intrinsic ecocidal nature. This includes a large number of binary pairs which corroborate part of the list drawn up by Jacques Derrida and further complement it with hierarchizing polarities such