Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World ( Posthumanities) [Timothy Morton] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 27 Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. TIMOTHY MORTON. 26 Humanesis: Sound and Technological Posthumanism. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Timothy Morton A hyperobject could be the Lago Agrio oil field in Ecuador, or the Florida.

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Morton’s theoretical writings espouse an eclectic approach to scholarship. The interobjective is not neatly sorted into classified strata, because existence is necessarily ontologically plural. Because objects can’t be exhausted by perception Husserl — we can never see the other side of a coin for instance, no matter how many times we gyperobjects it — they can only hint at the real, but we are wrapped in the spacetime they emit.

This book – by which I mostly mean those three chapters indicated in Part III of this review – is indeed quite stimulating. Not only does Morton range from William Wordsworth to the Velvet Underground to Nagasaki to Republican denialism, he does it in a way that marshals these disparate allusions in the service of a cogent idea, one that manages to come off as both intuitive and radical.

It started long ago yet it defines our future and thus squeezes upon our present. Morton cites the “trade winds topos” perfumed breeze believed to waft from exotic lands in which spices are domestic in Milton’s Paradise Lost as an example, concluding that Milton prefigures the symbolic use of spice in later works by presenting Satan’s journey from Hell to Chaos as a parallel to the travels of spice traders. This is what I see Morton doing with hgperobjects hyperintelligent book.

I highlighted a bunch of passages from the book, some pages becoming more highlight than whitespace, which i take to mean that i was engrossed. Mortonn Culture The cultural life of oil—from aesthetics and politics to economy and ecology. Staying with the Trouble: In The Ecological ThoughtMorton employed the term hyperobjects to describe objects that are so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend spatiotemporal specificity, such as global warming, styrofoam, and radioactive plutonium.

For Morton, hyperobjects function as historical markers: Instead of inhabiting a world, we find ourselves inside a number of hyperobjects, such as climate, nuclear weapons, evolution, or relativity. Consider the rhetoric of immediacy common to what I have called ecomimesis: Plenty of thinkers in Anglophone philosophy have wondered about object-identity and process-identity which would cover most of the entities Tim wants to call “hyperobjects”it’s a fascinating area to wonder about, but of course nothing written in English can be of any interest to someone in Critical Theory, unless it is pure commentary on “continental” sources.


Hyperobjects are objects which have a vitality to them but you can’t touch them, like race or class, or climate change. At times, reading this felt a bit like reading Zizek, whose “philosophy” seems to me really suspect, but whose writings nevertheless often demonstrate great insight. It’s worthwhile to read hyperobjeccts experience that point of view, even should it be replaced by a better theory.

Ecocritic Ursule Heise, for example, notes that in Morton’s definition, everything can be considered a hyperobject, which seems to make the concept somewhat meaningless, not to mention seemingly impossible to define clearly.

Then, in this general area, you have people like Jane Bennett, who actually have reasonable ethical minds but have fallen way too far down the rabbit hole to recover.

With the concept of world melted by global warming, Timothy Morton gives us a new and much needed concept, the hyperobject, and surrounds it with a consciousness of the planet that is not ours. Also he overuses pop references for, what I can only suppose, an attempt to sound cool, e. Showing of 25 reviews. In working toward an environmental perspective beyond materialism and the here-and-now, Hyperobjects engages the important theoretical issue of scale, which implicitly or explicitly underlies many current discussions in the humanities about such concepts as big data, deep time, the Anthropocene, slow violence, and species thinking.

Vomita parallelismi matematici mal digeriti, concetti fisici solo poco meglio inquadrati, analogie artistiche basate su colori che per stessa ammissione dell’autore non si possono vedere nelle riproduzioni in bianco e nero presenti nel testo.

The panic and denial and right-wing absurdity about global warming are understandable. Such objects put unbearable strains on our normal ways of reasoning. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

His obsession with Aesthetics weakens his points rather then view beauty as an a posterior affect of our particular evolutionary tract, feels like an odd kind of Ontological argument, where God is hyperobjects. In HyperobjectsTimothy 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.

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Ursula K. Heise reviews Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects – Critical Inquiry

In some cases, such as his co-option of Shelley or byperobjects caves at Chauvet, he breathes new life into historic work, making it new some could say this is no different from his treatment of the aforementioned philosophers ; this is also praiseworthy and engaging. Quale strategia migliore per descrivere un iperoggetto, se non crearne o emularne uno? Most of all, I found that his conception of the hyperobject and his perspective on global warming were enlightening.


Metaphysicsrealismecotheoryobject-oriented ontologyBuddhism. Return to Book Page. Global Warming and Other Hyperobjects. An Englishman who studied at Oxford, he was imbued in the Romantics, writing a dissertation that became Shelley and the Revolution in Taste With extraordinary verve and audacity, Morton makes his hyperobjects into harbingers for a moton epoch, on a planetary scale, a task in which he is assisted mortoon the general consensus about the Anthropocene, the current era of human-induced planetary change.

And even though humankind has given its name to this age because of its part in creating the Morotn, the concomitant philosophies emerging are effectively decentering that agency.

In these times, there can be no critical theory or philosophical meditation without mortpn to Morton’s writings; at once political, poetic, and personal, they offer a brilliant elaboration of object-oriented ontology. Our existence is tied up with plants, animals, tools, ticking clocks.

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Hyperobjects and the New Neurotic Ecology. We also need, as I shall argue later in this study, ecology without matter. There are preposterous claims akin to “it is because we don’t know, that hypeorbjects why we need to be extreme” referring to global warming, since we can’t prove it doesn’t exist we must assume it is the greatest threat.

Things like tiny forks vibrating and not vibrating simultaneously — visible to the human eye. So how did Morton get to write a book like this?

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Reading this book made me hopeful about the state of the world. Yet, global warming is made apparent through emissions levels, temperature changes, and ocean levels, making it seem as if global warming is a product of scientific models, rather than an object that predated its own measurement. Do you want to read the word hyperobject three times per sentence?

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