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    Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World (PostHumanities) (Hardback) By (author) Timothy Morton

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    DescriptionHaving 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.

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    Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Timothy Morton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780816689224
    ISBN 10: 0816689229

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17610
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    DC22: 110
    BIC subject category V2: HPJ
    BISAC V2.8: NAT011000, PHI026000
    Abridged Dewey: 110
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    LC classification: BD336 .M67 2013
    Thema V1.0: QDTJ
    Illustrations note
    15 black and white illustrations and 8 color plates
    University of Minnesota Press
    Imprint name
    University of Minnesota Press
    Publication date
    23 September 2013
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    Author Information
    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."
    Review quote
    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