This chapter introduces the concept of the Anthropocene and the problems it names and illuminates. The chapter then turns to Herodotus's Histories and how it can contribute to the rethinking of basic concepts of agency, culture (nomos), and politics. Not only does Herodotus offer new useful approaches to thinking about the content of politics; his Histories model new modes of inquiry into politics. The Histories thus challenge readers to reconsider both the what of politics and the how of political theory. This challenges prompts a new orientation for political life in general: earthly flourishing.
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