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We would like to congratulate Esther Peeren, vice-director of ACGS, on the vocabulary entries she wrote for the recently published book Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary.


Symptoms of the Planetary Condition: A Critical Vocabulary explores the future of critique in view of our planetary condition. How are we to intervene in contemporary constellations of finance capitalism, climate change and neoliberalism? Think we must! To get to the symptoms, the book’s 38 terms ranging from affect and affirmation to world and work provide the reader with a critical toolbox to be continued. Negativity, judgment and opposition as modes of critique have run out of steam. Critique as an attitude and a manner of enquiry has not.

This book was created by the Terra Criteria network, edited by Mercedes Bunz, Birgit Mara Kaiser, and Kathrin Thiele and published by Meson Press. The book is open access and can be downloaded for free.


prof. dr. E. (Esther) Peeren