Age of the Anthropocene or Human Empire?

One of the current terms for describing the contemporary world is “the Age of the Anthropocene,” meaning the” age of man” as a new geological age based on an unprecedented human ability to alter the planet.  It is a useful and striking term, but I have always felt its shortcoming is that it reduces human history to a phase of natural history.  Human domination of the globe is also a phase of human history and needs to be examined and understood in this dimension too. This point was made in a terrific review of The Triumph of Human Empire that appeared yesterday in Times Higher Education.

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