Being Ecological (Mit Press) books –

A book about ecology without information dumping, guilt inducing, or preaching to the choir

15 thoughts on “Being Ecological (Mit Press)

  1. Duncan Spence Duncan Spence says:

    Most philosophy in English is translated out of German, French, Italian, Latin, Arabic, Greek and so forth Morton s is possibly the best philosophy written in English since Wm James or maybe even Adam Smith and David Hume The analysis spans twelve and a half thousand years, extending the origins of the current crisis of western intellectualising to the first domestic enclosures of Mesopotamia, to the moment when human beings turned from hunting and gathering to building fences round fields and manipulating crop production Everybody should read this book.

  2. Shedman Shedman says:

    Wonderfully challenging Full of fascinating insights and concepts as slippery as fish But a welcome change to so much nature writing and very enjoyable.

  3. Margery Een Margery Een says:

    Stunning, cosy and uncanny Morton is a genius And it s short Just go and read it Then dissolve.

  4. Libra Libra says:

    I get that Tim Morton is knowledgeable, and wants to add to the plethora of books out there about global warming and ecological devastation However, it would help if the reader could make sense of what he is writing.

  5. Emilio Portal Emilio Portal says:

    this book goes deep into the constructs that brought us to this catastrophe the 6th mass extinction morton provides a new and radical ontology and phenomenology that deconstructs notions of self and other, knowledge, property, politics, art and ecology poetic and sublime.

  6. ldorman ldorman says:

    Incomprehensible rubbish that I unfortunately read from start to finish.

  7. Doug Doug says:

    Timothy Morton has a unique viewpoint with regards to Ecology this is well documented in his other published work.Like all people bringing fresh thinking and perspectives, his work is open to strong critique and debate, and rightly so.This is what makes this book essential reading for those interested in a formal study of ecological concepts and models.That is not to say that the reader will agree, but the reader is challenged in their thinking and their understanding and that alone is a good thing.An essential for students and those interested in a academic approach to the ecology debate.There is a very useful Note section at the end, which details referenced work, allowing for further reading and research.Whilst I find Morton s writing style to be difficult to follow at times, there is no doubting that Morton is a free thinker who is taking a very different model or world view to ecology.This was my first Morton book, and it is leading me to consider reading of his work, to inform, but also to challenge my thought processes and assumptions.

  8. Max Max says:

    Morton writes in a cavalier, arrogant style that is so annoying that I was tempted to give this book just one star I cannot count the number of times I almost threw this book across the bedroom in disgust, before moving onto something better written.And yet, I persevered Because, each time, just as I was about to allow my frustration at his writing style get the better of me, he wove incoherently, obliquely and using twelve words where one would have done a fascinating new idea into the discipline of ecology And the discipline of ecology badly needs new ideas.I suspect that Morton could write well if he put his mind to it, but has written this lazily, in a stream of consciousness, without applying the discipline and logic that would allow his ideas to be clearly expressed Even the references are awful He references things in the way an undergraduate student would when they can t be bothered to look up that quote they remember an author saying, so paraphrase it and just reference the whole book that they think the quote probably came from.But the thing is that, when you penetrate this diatribe of awful writing, Morton has a point Quite an original one A vitally important one Essentially, his argument is that have fallen into a trap of thinking and talking about ecology in a deeply unecological way Instead, our way of thinking about ecology is informed by our historical view of the world as something separate to us, something we do things to, a viewpoint that has brought us to an ecological crisis He argues that how we think about ecology is as important as what we think about ecology.At least I think that s what he s arguing It s hard to tell

  9. Margaret7 Margaret7 says:

    What an entertaining and engaging book Timothy Morton s writing style is conversational and human and it makes his book an absolute joy to read and that s even before you consider the content While the subject of the book is ecology, he is looking at it how ecological thought and behaviour is promoted as well as how and why it is generally so ineffective, and how we need to think, and act, differently about the entire subject He touches all the bases as they are currently promoted and discusses and analyses them bringing in the science, bringing in the philosophical ideas and doing it with analogy and narrative to give it real world context, and good, down to earth humour, for the non academic reader And he does a great job This book is very hard to put down.

  10. Zipster Zeus Zipster Zeus says:

    This is a demanding but rewarding read that is a philosophical treatise on the vital need to both understand ecological issues and action them as a society, than a practical how to manual And therein lies it s value, as Morton eruditely argues a case for being effective in developing an ecological aware and effective culture through a deeper socio political awareness one cannot simply decide to be an eco warrior, because you like trees An engaging, necessary work.

  11. El Loro El Loro says:

    So many books on pressing modern issues are either painfully cutting edge or halfway up their own theoretical bum This is refreshing in that it looks at the issue clearly and energetically.It s not impartial and, given the author background, about the idea than the science Unfortunately, that s the book s main weakness the author forgets who and what the book is for and ends up preaching passionately to the choir.Still worth a read.

  12. Flickering Ember Flickering Ember says:

    Well researched, well written and practical in that it offers advice you can reasonably and practicably follow and it should be of some genuine help Definitely worth a read.

  13. bomble bomble says:

    I am not sure what exactly this title is doing in the Pelican Introduction series While I am quite happy to explore Timothy Morton s philosophical viewpoint, this is a totally misleading place to find it If you want an introduction to being ecological you could do better almost anywhere else If you want to explore object oriented ontology with ecological behaviour as an example, knock yourself out Having done so, I am wholly unconvinced The behaviours Morton attributes as modes of being ecological include taking no interest in ecological matters then it could just as well be considered being pathological, being religious or being anything else for that matter.What really irritates me about this book is that the time spent, the paper used, the energy mental and physical of distribution and reading all contribute negatively to being ecological It s a distraction, a confusion and an opportunity cost If you want to be ecological in a world where the individual contribution is seemingly lost in the noise then go out and pick up litter in your neighbourhood, give your money to an environmental NGO or turn down your thermostat Avoid.

  14. JMB1779 JMB1779 says:

    The first few lines of the Introduction Don t care about ecology You might think you don t, but you might all the same Don t read ecology books This book is for you appealed to me and I sat back in the hope that this would finally be a book about a subject that I certainly care about, but of which I don t often read for exactly the same reasons as he then starts listing for the next many pagesI very rarely give up on finishing a book and especially not one as small and easy to read as this one and one that I might agree with if it wasn t so wordy and annoying but I have to admit that after the long Introduction, which spent up to p 35 thankfully it s a small format book with an easy to read font telling me in MANY words and along many winding roads that things are not black and white and it s ok to be confused and unconvinced about ecology arguments whether they are on the left or right and it s ok to be overwhelmed by the barrage of numbers and factoids we re being fed, because things are not really the way they seem anyway just listen to the philosophers.Now, I could roll with that as it s an easy way to support the right thing without having to care too much in the hope that it would get better, but then came Chapter 1 titled And You May Find Yourself Living in an Age of Mass Extinction which spent another 30 35 pages on telling me that it s difficult to understand the concept of the approaching disaster as it is happening over such a long period of time and also the scale is impossible to grasp.Well, I assume that is what he said and I have to say that I agree with the sentiments, but when I reached chapter 2 titled And the Leg Bone s Connected to the Toxic Waste Dump Bone , I just could not stomach any .The argument that we have to find a different way to talk about and deal with being ecological is appealing, because I do agree that the constant hammering on about how we much care , consume less etc is often unhelpful albeit still the right solution.But this is not the book that will assist me in thinking differently about ecology

  15. Noah Noah says:

    This well laid out paperback is aimed not at the ecology student or the tree hugger apologies it is just a stereotype or even the person who feels they might be entering an ecological phase in their lives but it is aimed at passing trade people like you and me who just picked this book up in a shop because its cover looked interesting and began to read And read you will because it is well written it is thoughtful philosophical, it is reasoned in a scientific sort of way, crosses disciplines and yet it is pacey and engaging.The ideas wrestled with move from page to page at a speed faster than a tag wrestling match and there is always an aim or goal to achieve that the author has in mind Sometimes I paused when reading to check that I was still reading a book that had ecology in the title, because this is holistic than subject focussed and frankly I can t imagine why anyone would not find this a good read.The world is a very beautiful place but so is Timothy Morton s mind, and if global warming might either flood or fry his brain then I am all for cutting down my carbon footprint to help preserve him