On the mesh, the strange stranger, and hyperobjects: Morton's ecological ontology

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Graham Harman

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In Timothy Morton's The Ecological Thought, the terminological pillars for most of the book are "the mesh" and "the strange stranger." A third key term, "hyperobjects," dominates the final pages of the book. In his forthcoming work Realist Magic, Morton offers the following comparison between his terminology and my own; "In Harman's terms... mesh is a sensual object. The real objects are the strange strangers." The difference between the real and sensual objects is certainly just as fundamental for me as that between the mesh and the strange stranger is for Morton. Thus, his comparison between the two pairs of terms is worth examining, especially since Morton has recently been one of my closest colleagues in object-oriented philosophy circles.

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