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PINZANI, Alessandro. The new millenarianism: On the end of the world and of capitalism as we know them. Civitas, Rev. Ciênc. Soc. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.3, pp.539-562. ISSN 1984-7289.

In recent years the destruction of the environment and the repeated crises of capitalism have been discussed by a wide range of books. More specifically, great attention has been paid to the concepts of Anthropocene and of the second machine age. The link between these two strands consists not only in the common view that we are facing massive changes to our way of life for ecological and for economic reasons, but also in the idea that these two phenomena are interconnected. Accordingly, the destruction of the environment is a consequence of capitalism, and, at the same time, capitalism is nearing its material, natural limits. In this paper I shall briefly evaluate these diagnoses and some of the proposed remedies. Furthermore, I shall point out some philosophically relevant consequences of said debate, particularly concerning the concepts of freedom and political action.

Palavras-chave : Environmental destruction; Anthropocene; Capitalism; End of labor; Second machine age.

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