Timothy Morton. The Ecological Thought. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 2010 [Book Review]

2017-05-22T04:53:21Z (GMT) by Timothy Chandler
Approaches to cultural studies informed by critical theory or continental philosophy seem for the most part to have had little to say about the environment, even less about environmentalism. Dismissed as regressive, essentialist,
scientistic, environmentalism has seemed nowhere near as cool as the political philosophies of the Badious and Žižeks. The Ecological Thought (TET) by Timothy Morton suggests that this need not be the case. Billed as a prequel to Morton’s previous book, the remarkable tour de force Ecology without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics (EWN), TET presents similar ideas to its predecessor but in a self-consciously more accessible
manner. Where EWN raced frenetically through a vast forest of art and philosophy, mentioning pretty much every major thinker in the Continental tradition, TET is more generous in its provision of time and space to the ideas that Morton thinks are most important in our present situation and which he gathers under the name of the ecological thought.