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Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences
The Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthropogenic climate change. While this is not an academically established definition, as of yet, it is said to have begun in the 1950s. This article posits that the concept is erroneous in at least two ways. First, it relies on a normative and activist appropriation of science. Second, it disregards the system-property of the ecosystem, which consists in the continuous interaction between the system and its parts, or agents. Above all, however, the Anthropocene as a notion is a case study exemplifying how activist agendas appropriate science and academia while ignoring an important feature of scientific research: scholarly scepticism and scrutiny.

ŒCONOMICA no. 2/2021
Keywords: Anthropocene, climate change, ecosystem, normativism, scientific agenda, critical thinking
JEL: Q51, Q54
Revisiting the Anthropocene Dogma: Back to Scholarly Scepticism [Dogma Antropocenului în reevaluare: înapoi la scepticismul educat]