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Product Details

  • Series: New Metaphysics
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library (August 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607852020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607852025
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Working with? Björk and Haim Steinbach.
Just published? Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (U Minnesota P, 2013).
First edition sold out before it was released? Yes.
Bruno Latour likes? Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities P).
Thought for the day? Dark nihilism trumps happy nihilism.
Doings in the present? Thinking about ecology, matter, Buddhism, philosophy, aesthetics, Romantic to contemporary literature, art, music.
Where? Rice University.
Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English? Yes.
Is my new book called Dark Ecology? Yes.
Born? London, UK, 1968.
Educated? Oxford.
Jobs? Oxford, Princeton, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder, UC Davis.
Misspent youth? The Crypt, Spectrum, Love, Land of Oz, Whirligig, Rage, Earth, Club Dog, Sound Factory (them were the days).
This involved music? Senser, psychedelic dance metal heads.
What other music have I done without regret? Experimental noise improvisation with my Argentinian friend Miguel Galperin; playing with Mike Snyder in my band Rubyliquid. All I have left is Logic...
Tantric obstacles? Ozric Tentacles.

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lee DeGraw Jr. on March 30, 2014
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The author is obviously well read and puts words together very well. He demonstrates an interesting admixture of genres, but I got halfway through the book without any sense of having learned anything useful, and at a loss to describe what is was really all about. It seems that in his efforts to characterize commonalities between causality and art, ontology of objects, he misappropriated and misused terms common to modern physics, and art critique, and seems to have failed in striving for a deeper philosophy than his choice of topics or his ability is capable of producing. I couldn't finish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KT on October 11, 2014
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I appreciated this book and read it from front to back while scribbling notes in all the margins. I've read many contributions to that elusive concept called causality - this one was truly helpful. While the topic is not an easy one to tackle, Morton argues clearly and uses langauge that non-philosophers can understand. Topics: the rift between the essence of the object and its appearance, objects, beauty, time and space, causality. Emergent relata always take place in the rift between essence and appearance, which is the aesthetic dimension, this was, to me, a key message. Morton's book was full of insights and definitions that lend themselves to other applications.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe Camlin on May 11, 2014
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Contrary to the first reviewer, I did finish reading this book, twice. Compared to my other exposure to this level of philosophy, Realist Magic is the most creatively mapped, cohesive idea I have ever encountered. Can't wait to read what he publishes next.
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