Can the agora be reclaimed as a space for global advancement on ecological questions?
Philosopher Bruno Latour discusses the anthropocentric limitations of the agora concept in the context of ecological questions, noting that the reason why the agora is empty is because it’s still humans talking to humans about human things and not about things more generally, the entities with which we share our lives. He suggests that instead of attempting to resuscitate the agora, we should turn to the old Norse/Nordic concept of the Ting (Old Norse/Icelandic þing) as a model better suited to the challenges of the Anthropocene.
How does our work ethic impact the environment?
The business-as-usual work week significantly affects how people structure their lives. Environmental philosopher Kate Soper takes this observation a step further, reflecting on some of the effects on the environment of compartmentalizing and organizing our societies according to the paradigms of work and leisure, production and consumer culture.