Research Article

Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet

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Science  13 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6223, 1259855
DOI: 10.1126/science.1259855

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  • Scientism and utopian thought

    The planetary boundaries discourse presented here explicates a train of thought I explored in a contribution to the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. In short, Steffen et al. embrace the incoherency of scientism as a means to delineate the planetary boundaries within which life in its fullest – as science knows it – needs to keep true to the Holocene and withstand the Anthropocene. As a result, their contribution stands in a long and flawed tradition of utopian texts not equatable with science at all.

    Competing Interests: None declared.