Achille Mbembe - Decolonizing Knowledge and the Question of the Archive
p.25 - a chapter on Deep Time -
We can no longer think about “the human” in the same terms we were used to until quite recently, because we have entered Anthopocene - an new ‘deep’ geological time (environmental change of such significance that the very existence of humanity is at stake). - We therefore have to rethink the human not from the perspective of its mastery of the Creation as we used to, but from the perspective of its finitude and its possible extinction.
1) Humans are part of a very long, deep history that is not simply theirs;
2) The dualistic partitions of minds from bodies, meaning and matter or nature from culture can no longer hold.
A new understanding of ontology, epistemology, ethics and politics has to be achieved. It can only be achieved by overcoming anthropocentrism and humanism (!), the split between nature and culture.