Tim Morton’s New Book Released

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013


CENHS is delighted to announce the release of Professor Morton’s new book, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Morton works through readings of Martin Heidegger, Graham Harman, and Jacques Derrida, among others, to build his titular concept. Engaged as it is with the work of artists like Marina Zurkow and JLiat, the book also draws considerably on the writing of physicists like Einstein and David Bohm. Hyperobjects will be Morton’s most extensive discussion of the Anthropocene, a topic now much debated in fields from geology and earth sciences to chemistry, history, and literary studies. CENHS is pleased to draw attention to a book that deals directly with global warming and ecological crisis.

Morton completed the book during his first year at Rice, when he was also a member of the Cultures of Energy Mellon-Sawyer seminar that led to CENHS. Hyperobjects even draws directly on some of the material presented during that seminar; for example, Suzanna Sawyer’s work on the legal coding of toxicity in the class action suit against Chevron by 30,000 Ecuadoreans. Thus we are also happy to announce a book that carries the influence of energy and environment research at Rice.

Science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson gives Morton’s book the following assessment: “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.”

Hyperobjects is published in the University of Minnesota’s Press series ‘Posthumanities,’ edited by Cary Wolfe.

Tim Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English at Rice University. Professor Morton studied English literature at Oxford (BA and D.Phil.), and then did postdoctoral work at Princeton. He has worked at NYU, CU Boulder and UC Davis. Morton is currently writing Dark Ecology andBuddhaphobia, two studies of philosophy and culture in the global nineteenth century. He is the author ofRealist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities Press, 2013), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (U of Minessota P, forthcoming), The Ecological Thought (Harvard UP, 2010), and Ecology without Nature (Harvard UP, 2007). He has published seven other books, all of which are about issues and authors in the Romantic period (Frankenstein, Percy Shelley, Romantic-period food and eating, radicalism). Professor Morton is the author of over eighty essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food and music. He gives lectures around the world on literature, ecology, philosophy, and culture.


1 Comment

  1. Alan Yates
    September 4, 2013

    A timely addition to connect an ecosystem services support through art in the realm of speculative realism