Anthropocene Self-Consciousness: Response to “Critical Naturalism: A Manifesto”


  • Jay Bernstein New School for Social Research



Critical Naturalism Manifesto


The prior issue of Krisis (42:1) published Critical Naturalism: A Manifesto, with the aim to instigate a debate of the issues raised in this manifesto – the necessary re-thinking of the role (and the concept) of nature in critical theory in relation to questions of ecology, health, and inequality. Since Krisis considers itself a place for philosophical debates that take contemporary struggles as starting point, it issued an open call and solicited responses to the manifesto. This is one of the sixteen selected responses, which augment, specify, or question the assumptions and arguments of the manifesto.

Author Biography

Jay Bernstein, New School for Social Research

J.M. Bernstein is University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His writings include: The Fate of Art: Aesthetic Alienation from Kant to Derrida and Adorno (1992); Recovering Ethical Life: Jürgen Habermas and the Future of Critical Theory (1995); Adorno: Disenchantment and Ethics (2002); Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Painting (2006). His most recent book is Torture and Dignity: An Essay on Moral Injury (2015). He is completing a book on climate change: Of Ecocide and Human Rights: Ethical Life in the Anthropocene.



How to Cite

Bernstein, Jay. 2023. “Anthropocene Self-Consciousness: Response to ‘Critical Naturalism: A Manifesto’”. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 43 (1):139-42.