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What is at Stake in the Formalization of a Chronostratigraphic Unit? A Case Study on the Anthropocene

Bobadilla, Hernan (2022) What is at Stake in the Formalization of a Chronostratigraphic Unit? A Case Study on the Anthropocene. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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The prospective formalization of the Anthropocene as a chronostratigraphic unit by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) has been intensely debated. This paper explores and assesses the stakes of this process from a philosophical perspective. I distinguish two senses of formalization – the descriptive and the evaluative – and argue that: i) there are descriptive and evaluative formalizations of the Anthropocene beyond the confines of the ICS; ii) incoherencies between Anthropocene proposals and the ICS’s current tenets are not a decisive reason for deferring descriptive formalization; and iii) the prospective evaluative formalization of the Anthropocene by the ICS would be impactful.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Bobadilla, Hernanhernan.bobadilla@univie.ac.at0000-0003-0003-9952
Keywords: Anthropocene, formalization, chronostratigraphic unit
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Hernan Bobadilla
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 04:09
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 04:09
Item ID: 20570
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Earth Sciences
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20570

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