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Abel, Johannes (August 2022): The Impossibility of Sustainability and the Reversal of Time. 14th Biennial Radical Philosophy Conference : Facing Catastrophe: Environment, Technology, and Media, November 11 - 13, 2021, San Jose State University, San Jose, USA.


The paper makes two theses: In the current age of the Anthropocene, the concept of sustainability, as it is widely used, has to be considered impossible. Nevertheless, the existentialist figure of the reversal of time of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard may open up a new perspective on the sustainability problem and possible courses of action.