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Ecological Ethics after the End of the World

Tim Morton

I am become death, the shatterer of worlds


Robert Oppenheimer, after the Bhagavad Gita

A Quake in Being

Hyperobjects
Viscous
Nonlocal local manifestation (Bryant)

Temporal undulation

Phasing
Interobjectivity

Hyperobjects
Hypocrisy Weakness Lameness

Age of Asymmetry

Hyperobjects
Object-Oriented Ontology Lifeworld Metalanguage

Anthropocene
1790 1945 Carbon Deposits Great Acceleration Plutonium

Anthropocene

Trinity Test at 0.016 Seconds

Speculative Realism
correlationism
burying the world in nullity in order to prove it (Heidegger) only as long as Da-sein is, is there [gibt es] being it can neither be said that beings are, nor that they are not (Heidegger)

Object-Oriented Ontology
correlationism
tool-analysis present-at-hand (vorhanden) ready-to-hand (zuhanden) withdrawal (Entzug) execution (Vollzug)
Graham Harman

Object-Oriented Ontology
present-at-hand (vorhanden)
ready-to-hand (zuhanden) withdrawal (Entzug) execution (Vollzug) flat ontology (real / sensual objects) vicarious causation (aesthetic)
Graham Harman

End of Modernity
towering through (Heidegger)
All that is solid melts into air (Macbeth, Marx) halting

too-early arrival of future (after the end of the world)


saving power (Hlderlin)

Hypocrisies

Self-interest theories
versus the uncanny
This is not my beautiful boy This is not my beautiful street This is not my beautiful action

This is not my beautiful house This is not my beautiful wife


Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime, Remain in Light (Sire Records, 1980)

Self-interest theories
versus the uncanny
Futurality of hyperobject Asymmetry: Urgency, passion + irony

Inside the hyperobject we are always in the wrong Against God we are always in the wrong
Sren Kierkegaard

Inside the hyperobject we are always in the wrong


Doing nothing Drive a Prius Seize the state Solar panels Nuclear

Inside the hyperobject we are always in the wrong


inside-ness (not spatial) very large finitude cure for nihilism within nihilism getting used to (mathsis)

Inside the hyperobject


Alphonso Lingis level directive zone (versus world)

Zones
[N]ot something that just is what it is, here and now, without mystery, but something like a questa tone on its way calling forth echoes and responseswater seeking its liquidity in the sunlight rippling across the cypresses in the back of the garden.
Alphonso Lingis, The Imperative (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998), 29

Zones

What constitutes pretense is that, in the end, you don't know whether it's pretense or not.

Jacques Lacan, Le seminaire, Livre III: Les psychoses (Paris: Editions de Seuil, 1981), 48

Zones

Eliane Radigue

Core shattering (Erschtterung) Adorno

Zones

Yukultji Napangati, Untitled 2011

Zones

Bridget Riley, Fall

Zones
grounding Kantian aesthetic judgment (itself the ground of synthetic judgment) nonconceptual but not nothing not Hegelian A=A (immediacy) in your face grounding the reason for dispensing with authoritarian Burkean aesthetic

Zones
nonconceptual but not nothing not Hegelian A=A (immediacy) in your face not onto-theological feeling of unreality (not vorhanden)

Cynicism doomed
Anything you can do I can do meta delivery attunement doom: decree, ordinance; judgment, law, faculty of judging; opinion, discernment; fate, destiny, death; justice, judge the end of the world cynicism as hypocritical hypocrisy

Hypocrisy
delivery, hypokrisis krinein, to judge, discern (doom) the end of the world cynicism as hypocritical hypocrisy the physical as a form of delivery
interobjective acousmatic The Liar: This sentence is false.

Hypocrisy
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selvesgoes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying, What I do is me: for that I came.
Gerard Manley Hopkins

The Object as Liar


The awful shadow of some unseen Power
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Human Shadow, Hiroshima

Forms of Cynicism
1+n objects in interobjective space beliefs about belief Concept of Nature (yonder) Gaia hypothesis holism as mechanism left cynicism

Romantic period