The ontological consequences of Copernicus: global being in the planetary world

Turnbull, N., 2006. The ontological consequences of Copernicus: global being in the planetary world. Theory Culture & Society, 23 (1), pp. 125-139. ISSN 0263-2764

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This article argues that contemporary space exploration, in producing visual representations of the planetary Earth for terrestrial consumption, has engendered a shift in the way the Earth - as terra firma - is both experienced and conceived. The article goes on to suggest that this shift is a key, but still largely tacit presupposition, underlying contemporary discourses on globalization and cultural cosmopolitanization. However, a close reading of some of the texts that make up the canon of 20th-century European philosophy shows that this idea of a ‘deterritorialized’ planetary Earth challenges some basic presuppositions of that canon: especially its use of the pre-reflective experience of terra firma as a tropic site of intological and normative grounds. This article examines the way in which contemporary Western European philosophy - and intellectual culture generally - has responded to this challenge: and offers Deleuze and Guattari’s idea of the Earth as a ‘surface without territory’ as the most intellectually and ethically viable conception of the Earth in the age of ‘planetary deterritorialization’.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Theory Culture & Society
Creators: Turnbull, N.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2006
Volume: 23
Number: 1
ISSN: 0263-2764
Rights: Copyright 2006 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
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Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:48
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:12

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