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Seminar and public lecture by Timothy Morton


24 May 2013 Seminar + Lecture

Seminar 15h00-17h00: Some Problems in Ecological Philosophy 
Participation on invitation only. Please feel free to contact Sjoerd van Tuinen ( 
if you're interested. 
Location: L1-128, Woudestein Campus

Public lecture 20h00-22h00: What Is Ecological Philosophy?
LB-067, Woudestein Campus


It is commonly assumed that ecological philosophy must have to do with something we have long called Nature. I shall show that for technical reasons, this is strictly impossible. Instead, what ecological philosophy is enjoined to think is coexistence, which implies that nonhumans are always-already on the inside of social space. And this in turns implies that social space was never purely human in the first place.

This thought sounds simple but its implications are quite complex. For instance, it is not possible to imagine humans and nonhumans inhabiting a world, when one considers this view deeply. Instead, it is better to think coexistence as a series of nested loops whose boundary conditions are what is often called catastrophes. My talk will outline why this is the case.


Timothy Morton (born 1968) is Professor and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. A member of the object-oriented ontology movement, Morton's work explores the intersection of object-oriented thought and ecological studies. He coined the term 'hyperobjects', in 2010, to explain objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localization, such as climate change and styrofoam. Morton has also written extensively about the literature of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley, Romanticism, diet studies, and ecotheory