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One Planet, Many Worlds

The Climate Parallax

A historian offers a unique look at the pandemic, climate change, and the human versus nonhuman.
The experience of the pandemic—not unrelated to climate change—has clearly given rise to some new questions and perspectives on issues to do with the human and the nonhuman. One Planet, Many Worlds opens with a discussion of the pandemic, then moves on to a problem of the separation between “natural” and “human” histories, and what may be at stake in that separation. Finally, it deals with the question suggested by the title of this book: Does having different worlds make it difficult for humans to deal with a planet that is one? This book is both a prequel and a sequel to Chakrabarty’s acclaimed The Climate of History in a Planetary Age and is a window into his current thinking on the subject of climate in the Anthropocene.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Planet and the Political
1. The Pandemic and Our Sense of Time
2. Modernity and The Historicity of Things, including Humans
3. Entanglements: The Modern, The Late-modern, and the Non-modern

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