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Humanity’s ascent from biological agent to geological agent through its history, and the challenges to historical thinking this presents.

The Climate of History: Four Theses. Dipesh Chakrabarty. Critical Inquiry 35. 2009 (PDF):

The discussion about the crisis of climate change can thus produce affect and knowledge about collective human pasts and futures that work at the limits of historical understanding. We experience specific effects of the crisis but not the whole phenomenon.