philipp blom

‘People the earth and subjugate it.’ Some three thousand years ago, the Book of Genesis put these words in the creator’s mouth, marking the birth of the idea that the human race occupies a special place on earth, and therefore has the right to ruthlessly exploit the planet. The Enlightenment unquestioningly adopted this elevated position of humanity and put this at the centre of our secular society. According to philosopher and historian Philipp Blom, it’s time to set this dogma aside and focus on a new story: a new form of collectivity and hope. 

Philipp Blom is a philosopher, historian and author. His work can be read in publications including The Independent, The Times Literary Supplement, Die Zeit and Vrij Nederland. Among his best-selling works are The Vertigo Years and Fracture, dealing with the cultural history of the early twentieth century, A Wicked Company, about the radical Enlightenment, Nature’s Mutiny an investigation into history and climate change in the seventeenth century and, more recently, What is at stake, dealing with climate change, digitization, and democracy.