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Hyperobjects By Timothy Morton

Hyperobjects by Timothy Morton

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Global warming is perhaps the most dramatic example of what Timothy Morton calls hyperobjects-entities of such vast temporal and spatial dimensions that they defeat traditional ideas about what a thing is in the first place. Morton explains what hyperobjects are and their impact on how we think, how we coexist, and how we experience our politics, ethics, and art.

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Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton

Having set global warming in irreversible motion, we are facing the possibility of ecological catastrophe. But the environmental emergency is also a crisis for our philosophical habits of thought, confronting us with a problem that seems to defy not only our control but also our understanding. Global warming is perhaps the most dramatic example of what Timothy Morton calls hyperobjects-entities of such vast temporal and spatial dimensions that they defeat traditional ideas about what a thing is in the first place. In this book, Morton explains what hyperobjects are and their impact on how we think, how we coexist with one another and with nonhumans, and how we experience our politics, ethics, and art.

Moving fluidly between philosophy, science, literature, visual and conceptual art, and popular culture, the book argues that hyperobjects show that the end of the world has already occurred in the sense that concepts such as world, nature, and even environment are no longer a meaningful horizon against which human events take place. Instead of inhabiting a world, we find ourselves inside a number of hyperobjects, such as climate, nuclear weapons, evolution, or relativity. Such objects put unbearable strains on our normal ways of reasoning.

Insisting that we have to reinvent how we think to even begin to comprehend the world we now live in, Hyperobjects takes the first steps, outlining a genuinely postmodern ecological approach to thought and action.

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In Hyperobjects, Timothy Morton brings to bear his deep knowledge of a wide array of subjects to propose a new way of looking at our situation, which might allow us to take action toward the future health of the biosphere. Crucially, the relations between Buddhism and science, nature and culture, are examined in the fusion of a single vision. The result is a great work of cognitive mapping, both exciting and useful.-Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Shaman, 2312, and the Mars trilogy

About Timothy Morton


Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He is the author of many books, including The Ecological Thought and Ecology without Nature. He blogs frequently at Ecology without Nature.

Table of Contents

Contents

AcknowledgmentsA Quake in Being: An Introduction to Hyperobjects

Part I. What Are Hyperobjects?ViscosityNonlocalityTemporal UndulationPhasingInterobjectivity

Part II. The Time of HyperobjectsThe End of the WorldHypocrisiesThe Age of Asymmetry

NotesIndex

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NGR9780816689231
9780816689231
0816689237
Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton
New
Paperback
University of Minnesota Press
20130923
240
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