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TOLEDO, Víctor M. Ten theses on the crisis of modernity. Polis [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.33, pp.283-292. ISSN 0718-6568.

A brief summary is presented on the meaning of the crisis ofindustrial or modern civilization, from an historical perspective that covers theentire landscape of the human past and of life. It is argued that the central dilemmais between tradition and modernity, and that to overcome the crisis is requiredovercome the domain of rationalism, the dependence on fossil energy, theabandonment to which the individual has been convicted and the corporate phaseof capitalism. The construction of social power is identified as the axial stone of atruly emancipatory political ecology. We conclude that the coming decades will becrucial as we will live the ultimate conflict between the insane ape and the thinkingape, between particular and perverse interests and cosmic consciousness. On thatdepends the survival of the human species or its disappearance.

Palabras clave : Crisis of civilization; social power; species consciousness; cosmic consciousness.

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