Planetary means of, relating, or belonging to the planet. Planetarity, as suggested by Burges and Elias (unpublished) is “a social model that understands time as structured by the needs of living systems, ecologically entwined.” A critical concept, it is a description of the move away from the “totalizing paradigm of modern-age globalization” as well as from theories of postmodernism (2015). In this sense, paradigms such as globalization and postcolonialization are challenged by planetarity.

Planetarity suggests a decentering of the human in space and time, time expressing itself along Ricour’s existential, cosmological, and historical time. From a vantage of planetarity, the planet can be considered as another species, or as a place of otherness, alterity within a shared, biologically connected, ecological context.

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