One Planet, Many Worlds: The Climate Parallax (The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities at Brandeis University)
A historian offers a unique look at the pandemic, climate change, and the human versus nonhuman.
Climate change represents a deep conundrum for humans. It is difficult for humans to give up the unequal and yet accelerating pursuit of a good life based on an insatiable appetite for energy sourced mainly from fossil fuel. But the same pursuit, scientists insist, damages the geobiological system that supports the existence of interrelated forms of life, including ours, on this planet. The planet, seen thus, is one. The global sway of financial and extractive capital connects humans technologically, but they remain divided along multiple axes of inequality. Their worlds are many and their politics still global rather than planetary. In the narrative presented here, Chakrabarty continues to explore the temporal and intellectual fault lines that mark the collapse of the global and the planetary in human history.
Praise for One Planet, Many Worlds: The Climate Parallax (The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities at Brandeis University)
“While this is only one book, there are many disciplines with which it engages, and it is Chakrabarty’s thoughtful and gifted writing style that staves off any potential disciplinary disorientation. This book is a carefully curated and detailed philosophical tour through some of the most important issues of our time, and Chakrabarty does not rush: his attention is purposeful and revealing. I recommend this book to any readers who are ready for, and interested in, the kind of contemplative and complex political engagement that is needed to hold the tension of the global and the planetary.”
— Environmental Philosophy
“Of all the books I’ve discussed here in 2023, One Planet, Many Worlds is the one that I expect to reread in the new year.”
— Inside Higher Ed
“One Planet, Many Worlds displays the same critical ingenuity, analytical subtlety, polymathic erudition, and gravitas that one has come to expect from Chakrabarty. Those who engage its arguments attentively, even in dissent, will come away energized by the encounter with a strenuous and self-exacting thinker capable of ranging back and forth across a vertiginous range of disciplines from geology to phenomenology.”
— Lawrence Buell, Harvard University, author of Writing for an Endangered World