Humankind by Timothy Morton
Solidarity with Non-Human People

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I’m doubtful too whether Morton’s ardent book is sufficient to the moment in which any communism is outsmarted (maybe that should be outstupided) by Trump’s neoliberalism.
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A radical call for solidarity between humans and non-humans

What is it that makes humans human? As science and technology challenge the boundaries between life and non-life, between organic and inorganic, this ancient question is more timely than ever. Acclaimed Object-Oriented philosopher Timothy Morton invites us to consider this philosophical issue as eminently political. It is in our relationship with non-humans that we decided the fate of our humanity. Becoming human, claims Morton, actually means creating a network of kindness and solidarity with non-human beings, in the name of a broader understanding of reality that both includes and overcomes the notion of species. Negotiating the politics of humanity is the first and crucial step to reclaim the upper scales of ecological coexistence, not to let Monsanto and cryogenically suspended billionaires to define them and own them.
 

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Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. His books include Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World; Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality; The Ecological Thought; and Ecology Without Nature, and he has published more than 150 essays on ecology, philosophy, art, literature, music, architecture, and food. He has collaborated with several artists, including Björk, Olafur Eliasson, and Haim Steinbach, and blogs regularly at ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com.
 
Published August 22, 2017 by Verso. 224 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Stuart Jeffries on Aug 23 2017

I’m doubtful too whether Morton’s ardent book is sufficient to the moment in which any communism is outsmarted (maybe that should be outstupided) by Trump’s neoliberalism.

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