Professor Timothy Morton is the unorthodox “anarchist-hippie” of contemporary philosophy. He is Rita Shea Guffey Professor of English at Rice University, Texas, and is the author of a number of books heralded widely as amongst the pre-eminent cultural works of our time, including Dark Ecology (2016) and Ecology Without Nature (2007). His theories are in tune with the most earth-shaking idea of the 21st century: that we are entering a new phase in the history of our planet called “Anthropocene”, where humans are knowingly the major cause of planetary transformation.
Professor Morton is a member of the object-oriented philosophy movement, known for the use of the term ‘hyperobjects’ to explain that our encounter with objects so massively distributed in time and space, such as climate change and the internet, has led to our awareness of our interconnectedness with the world, and the ways in which we are destroying it and ourselves.
As well as speaking and publishing internationally, Professor Morton has collaborated with Björk, Olafur Eliasson, Glastonbury Festival and Steve Coogan.