Hyperobjects Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World

ISBN-10: 0816689237
ISBN-13: 9780816689231
Edition: 2013
Authors: Timothy Morton
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 9/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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.

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English at Rice University.

Acknowledgments
A Quake in Being: An Introduction to Hyperobjects
What Are Hyperobjects?
Viscosity
Nonlocality
Temporal Undulation
Phasing
Interobjectivity
The Time of Hyperobjects
The End of the World
Hypocrisies
The Age of Asymmetry
Notes
Index

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