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Rock, life, fire: speculative geophysics and the anthropocene

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Journal publication date2012
JournalOxford Literary Review
Journal number2
Volume34
Number of pages18
Pages259–276
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

If origins are as complex and perturbing as Derrida suggests, then we might ask of the current anthropic environmental predicament: what kind of planet is it that gives birth to a creature capable of doing such things? Biological life may be at its liveliest along the earth's sutures and fault-lines. But so too is fire. If humans are a fire species, then this is a fire planet. From the point of view of a ‘speculative geophysics’, our combustive habits may say at least as much about the deep-seated role of fire in welding together a fractious and differentiated planet as they do about any aberration on our own part.