Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality

by Timothy Morton

Object-oriented ontology offers a startlingly fresh way to think about causality that takes into account developments in physics since 1900. Causality, argues, Object Oriented Ontology (OOO), is aesthetic. In this book, Timothy Morton explores what it means to say that a thing has come into being, that it is persisting, and that it has ended. Drawing from examples in physics, biology, ecology, art, literature and music, Morton demonstrates the counterintuitive yet elegant explanatory power of OOO for thinking causality.

Author Bio

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English at Rice University. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence (2014), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (2013), The Ecological Thought (2010), Ecology without Nature (2007), seven other books and eighty essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food and music. He blogs regularly at Ecology Without Nature.

Series Design

The New Metaphysics series design is by Katherine Gillieson with cover illustrations by Tammy Lu