On 17 March 2022 Timothy Morton, one of the most influential contemporary philosophers, delivered a free online lecture titled “Break The Man”.
Member of the object-oriented philosophy movement, Morton’s work explores the intersection between object-oriented thinking and ecological studies.
Morton employed the term “hyperobjects” to describe objects that are so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization, such as climate change and Covid-19.
Author of over 270 articles and essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture and design. Among the numerous publications, translated into 13 languages, “Ecology without Nature” (Harvard University Press, 2006), “The Ecological Thought” (Harvard University Press, 2010), “Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World” (Minnesota, 2013), the cornerstone of Morton’s philosophical thought.
In “Dark Ecology” (Columbia University Press, 2016), Morton writes that we must cultivate a “spirituality of care” toward the objects of the world—not just the likable parts but the frightening ones. Morton suggests that, instead of burying nuclear waste, we might store it aboveground, in a visible place, where we can learn to take more responsibility for it (The New Yorker).
Morton collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Björk, Jennifer Walshe, Hrafnhildur Arnadottir, Sabrina Scott, Adam McKay, Jeff Bridges, Olafur Eliasson, Pharrell Williams and Justin Guariglia.
Timothy Morton is also Professor in English literature at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Watch the lecture