Rangga Mahaswa is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and a researcher at Ze-No: Centre for Logic and Metaphysics. His research focuses on Anthropocene discourse, geo-philosophy, and philosophy of science and technology. His latest publication is “Introducing the Pluriverse of the Anthropocene: Toward an Ontological Politics of Environmental Governance in Indonesia” (Springer 2023). E-mail: email@example.com
Siti Murtiningsih (PhD) is the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Universitas Gadjah Mada. Her research focuses on philosophy of education, metaphysics, and the ethics of AI.
Revisiting Education in the Anthropocene: Insights from the Posthuman Turn
Abstract: The discourse of the Anthropocene and education offer two intriguing layers of exploration. The emergence of the Anthropocene epoch prompts a fundamental reassessment of humanity’s position in relation to the Earth. While humans claim a unique and dominant role as a geological force, the Anthropocene can also be interpreted as a manifestation of species narcissism, particularly evident within educational contexts. Several researchers have tried to tackle the challenges posed by the Anthropocene and the ways that education can contribute to addressing this crisis by safeguarding humanity in the future. This paper argues that it is nevertheless crucial to shift the focus of Anthropocene pedagogy. Education should not be limited by an anthropocentric perspective, as an absolute and massive geo-power. Rather, it should explore the complexities surrounding multispecies and nonhuman entanglement. Questioning human superiority through the lens of posthumanism is an alternative standpoint that shows that humans have always lived and are still living in uncertain landscapes. Thus, education in the Anthropocene is not simply about experiencing the crisis, but also caring about the displacement and devastation of the nonhuman.
Keywords: Anthropocene, education, posthumanism, nonhuman entanglement, multispecies