- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (1 November 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816689237
- ISBN-13: 978-0816689231
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World Paperback – 1 Nov 2013
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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 the Author
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.
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As a natural scientist who believes the separation of knowledge into natural and social science and the humanities needs to eliminated, this sounded promising. Environmental ideas are syntheses of all three ways of knowing, so I was excited by the author's approach.
The natural science, however, is, in most places, extraordinarily weak and often wrong. The use of the personal and popular, described by the author as devices for the exposition, is actually a mask for what the author cannot resolve or treat efficiently. Sometimes they seem almost deliberate distractions, like using display to distract from lack of coherent content.
I really cannot recommend this book, though I admit that perhaps it simply does not work for me. Clearly others like it.
I see nothing new or sensible in hyper objects. Indeed, it makes a muddle of important constructs of pressing importance and that is hard to tolerate.
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