Marxism and Existentialism in the Age of the Anthropocene
Within the historical specificity of the Anthropocene, two converging and potentially intractable factors portend imminent planetary omnicide – the destructive trajectory of bio-physical processes, and the persistence of underlying and large causal socio-economic forces (ie. imperatives within the system of capitalism). This is why climate and capitalist crisis is “existential”: as it is about the potential "no exit" from “terminal” collapse, and coming to terms in a universal sense, with our ambivalent personal and collective desires to retain or challenge foundations of meaning, purpose, and existence. What might Marxists learn from philosophies of nihilism in the age of the Anthropocene, that might lead to new forms of agency, and practical transcendence over growing forms of defeatism and immobilization?