Timothy Morton (US) is Professor and the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University, Houston. His work explores the intersection of object-oriented thought and ecological studies. He coined the term ‘hyperobjects’ in 2010, to explain entities of such vast temporal and spatial dimensions that they defeat traditional localisation. Moreover, hyperobjects ruin any traditional ideas about what an 'object' is in the first place. Morton is the author of Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (2013), The Ecological Thought (2010), Ecology Without Nature (2007), seven other books, and 120 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food and music.
Timothy Morton: Subscendence
We have all heard of transcendence. But what about the inverse, where something shrinks into its component pieces in such a way that the whole is always less than the sum of its parts? In this talk Morton explains why this new concept is very useful for thinking ecological beings.
Session 1: Earth Magnitude
Thursday 26 February
10:30 - 12:30
Paradiso, Main Hall
In the first panel we consider some of the consequences of the thesis of the Anthropocene, and what it means to imagine events on a geologic scale.