Critical Inquiry: Hyperobjects

Ursula K. Heise reviews Timothy Morton's book.

Morton_hyperobjects coverHere's the good news about Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects: Whatever you may be looking for by way of a theoretical concept, paradigm, or major event, you’ll find it here. Quantum theory, Hiroshima, the extended phenotype, the Anthropocene, the Prisoner's Dilemma, irony, cynicism, postmodernism, deep time — it’s all here. Elaborating on his earlier advocacy for an "ecology without nature" within the framework of object-oriented ontology,  Morton aims for an "ecology without matter" and an "ecology without the present" in his new book (p. 92), and he  links his argument in surprising and often fascinating ways to authors, artists, and works from the last two hundred years across a multitude of media and genres: from Wordsworth and Keats to John Cage, Brenda Hillman, The Lord of the Rings, David Lynch, Reza Negarestani, Marina Zurkow, and many more. His discussion of La Monte Young's compositions is particularly useful and illuminating.

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Published in: Critical Inquiry
By: Ursula K. Heise