Eugenio Luciano

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Jun 2021-May 2022)

Eugenio is a PhD candidate in History and Philosophy of Science from the Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich. He obtained his BA degree in philosophy of science at the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2016 and graduated from the interdisciplinary MA program Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland in 2018. Eugenio’s research interests are found at the intersection of history and philosophy of science, history and philosophy of geology, traditional epistemology, historical epistemology, and Anthropocene Studies.

Eugenio’s current doctoral research investigates the birth and epistemology of the Anthropocene Hypothesis—a recent proposal advocating for formal recognition of an “Anthropocene” as a distinct unit of time in the Geological Time Scale / International Chronostratigraphic Chart. First, the research looks at the conceptual history of the Anthropocene hypothesis by surveying early research literature (2000–2009) through text mining techniques, and by exploring the institutionalization of the hypothesis through the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG). Then, the empirical body (i.e. stratigraphic markers), methodology (e.g. GSSP, stratigraphic classification), epistemic properties (e.g. explanatory power, intelligibility, utility), and debate surrounding the hypothesis are discussed by borrowing models from the history and philosophy of science. The research ultimately aims to connect disciplines such as conceptual history, history and philosophy of science, philosophy of geology, epistemology, and stratigraphy in order to delineate a thorough profile of the Anthropocene as a scientific idea.


Epistemic Configurations: The Formation of Anthropocene Knowledge


IV. Anthropocene Formations


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