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Such objects put unbearable strains on our normal ways of reasoning. My recommendation would be to read the introduction and then skip to part two, which is mostly marvelous. So to just “Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World” but especially final aesthetics.

Timothy Morton – Wikipedia

Objects are not necessary indivisible in the strict hypdrobjects or even physical – forces and processes are objects too. Posthumanities View Save View Citation.

And they exhibit their effects interobjectively ; that is, they can be detected in a space that consists of interrelationships between aesthetic properties of objects.

Aug 03, Joanna rated it it was amazing. Locality is an abstraction Did you catch it?

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. There are some interesting ideas here like the titular hyperobjectsbut to get to them you have to wade through paragraph after paragraph of wildly overheated prose that resembles the ravings of a madman. For example, global warming is a hyperobject that impacts meteorological conditions, such as tornado formation. So I’m still reading Morton’s Hyperobjects, despite the slightly artificial veneer of “let’s talk to a broader and therefore more fun audience” that in Canada we call “knowledge mobilization” — hey the future of scholarship.

Based on some comments on line, I thought this book would be a useful exploration of environmental ideas that have widespread subscription, yet little understanding by its subscribers.


Indeed, it makes a muddle of important constructs of pressing importance and that is hard to tolerate. It is not easy to make out what Morton is actually saying about the problem of scale.

May 06, Jed Mayer rated it really liked it. There are preposterous claims akin to “it is because we don’t know, that is 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. Humans are “responsible” for certain hyperobjects such as global warming and nuclear radiation, but Morton challenges Hhperobjects and environmentalist accounts of which human groups, structures, or institutions should be held responsible pp.

So I think Tim has missed the point of it all since his analysis of physical solidity on pg. What they collectively do is a pedagogical and civilizing thing, as they reflect back on and reinforce these core values within a culture. For instance, he criticizes what he labels ‘constructivism’ on the basis hyperonjects a lazy straw man which no one actually believes that if we change the construct the ‘reality’ would also change without regard for materiality.

These are the most stimulating passages. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

We mortln losing a fantasy–the fantasy of being immersed in a neutral or benevolent Mother Nature–and a person who is losing a fantasy is a very dangerous person. A Quake in Being: Alongside this, it also points out that humanity itself has become an ecological force, enough to justify naming the present geological period after it.

Morton urges a replacement aesthetic that is attuned to hyperobjects via the concepts of hypocrisyweaknesslamenessand asymmetry. 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.

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. Beyond humanism and anthropocentrism.


I’m not much of a stranger to post-structuralism and whatnot, this one avoided the nihilism that taints a lot of pomo. But I mostly hate this rhetoric because while Morton argues this liberates us, I think it does the opposite. University of Minnesota Press Series: According to Morton, though, objects don’t feel global warming, but instead experience tornadoes as they cause damage in specific places.

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Hyperobjects — University of Minnesota Press

The idea of hyperobjects as a way to visualize and contextualize the things that have such a profound effect upon us e. Their effects may be experienced even if they cannot be necessarily touched.

His removal of the hyperobjfcts present and the notion of ‘world,’ as well as his redefinition of what constitutes an object to include its temporal and causal I use the word casually only for brevity give one a lot to chew on. It is a small operation, hypedobjects tipping over a domino Here Morton asks how humans will react to the end of the modern world and to the new hyperobjective cosmos.

We all contain water in about the same ratio as Earth does, and salt water in the same ratio that the hyperobjecta do. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. In addition, there’s the usual middle-aged trendy business of bragging about how engaged with popular culture he is, which is always excruciating and always involves dated references.