The Biosphere Question

Co-presented with Department of Political Economy, the University of Sydney as part of the Historical Materialism Sydney conference


Moore CMS


The Earth has reached a tipping point. Runaway climate change, the sixth great extinction of planetary life, the acidification of the oceans–all point toward an era of unprecedented turbulence in humanity’s relationship within the web of life.

But just what is that relationship, and how do we make sense of this extraordinary transition?

Jason W Moore will challenge the theory and history offered by the most significant environmental concept of our times: the Anthropocene.

Are we living in the Anthropocene, literally the 'Age of Man'? Is a different response more compelling, and better suited to the strange–and often terrifying–times in which we live?

Moore will diagnose the problems of Anthropocene thinking and propose an alternative: the global crises of the twenty-first century are rooted in the Capitalocene, the Age of Capital.


Jason W Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is associate professor of sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (2015), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? (2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (2017). More information