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John Zerzan

American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author

1943   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
native language: English
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Southern California
occupation: writer, new media artist, philosopher, anarchist
influenced by: Ivan Illich
www.johnzerzan.net

John Zerzan ( ZUR-zən; born August 10, 1943) is an American anarchist and primitivist ecophilosopher and author. His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocates drawing upon the ways of life of hunter-gatherers as an inspiration for what a free society should look like. Some subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought (such as mathematics and art) and the concept of time. His six major books are Elements of Refusal (1988), Future Primitive and Other Essays (1994), Running on Emptiness (2002), Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections (2005), Twilight of the Machines (2008), and Why hope? The Stand Against Civilization (2015).
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