From Growing Up to Growing Down
An Interview with Timothy Morton

January 19, 2020

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Timothy Morton speaks with Joanna about: appreciating different time scales is part of ecological awareness; we are realizing we are part of the planet by despoiling it; acknowledging the fear of mass extinction; the convulsive power of beauty; the interdependence of ecological health and mental health; don’t grow up, grown down; living in an ambiguous, spooky and beautiful world; fakeness, truth, and the forces of oppression; the quivering quality of being alive.

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. A member of the object-oriented philosophy movement, Morton’s work explores the intersection of object-oriented thought and ecological studies. He has collaborated with Bjork, Jennifer Walshe, Olafur Eliasson, Haim Steinbach; Emilija Skarnulyte and Pharrell Williams. He is the author of “Being Ecological”, “Humankind: Solidarity with Nonhuman People”, “Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence”, “Nothing” Three Inquiries in Buddhism”, “Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World”, “Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality”, “The Ecological Thought”, “Ecological without Nature”, eight other books and 200 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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