Dwelling in the anthropocene: Notes from lake superior

Joshua Trey Barnett, David Charles Gore

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Dwelling near Lake Superior in the Anthropocene, we uncover a greater intimacy and acquaintance with our earthly responsibilities. Thoughts wash over us like waves as our thinking ebbs and flows between the fact that we must learn to dwell here while also coming to terms with the planetary implications of our very being. That ebb and flow is presented here in a series of waves, which can be read in or out of order, in an orderly or disorderly fashion. These waves crash into one another as we reflect on place, dwelling, hospitality, deep history, enchantment, wildness, and thinking itself. We discover in this mixture an invitation to think more deeply about our responsibilities by contemplating one of the other bodies with which we cohabit the earth: the deep, blue body of Lake Superior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-49
Number of pages31
JournalEthics and the Environment
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Philosophy


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