John Zerzan

John Zerzan (/ˈzɜːrzən/ 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. Subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought (such as mathematics and art) and the concept of time.

John Zerzan
Zerzan lecturing at the 2010 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair
BornAugust 10, 1943 (1943-08-10) (age 78)
Alma mater
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnarcho-primitivism, post-left anarchy
Main interests
Hunter-gatherer society, civilization, alienation, symbolic culture, technology, mass society
Notable ideas
Domestication of humans, rewilding

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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