Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects as an Extension of Eco-theological Object Relations
Thursday, 26 September, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm AEST
Reverend Dr Eric Trozzo
Director, Lutheran Study Centre, Sabah Theological Seminary, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Much modern Protestant theology is significantly influenced by Martin Buber’s concept of the ‘I-You’ relationship. While this philosophical framework is helpful for accounting for a personal encounter with other humans and with the divine, it is less helpful in attributing intrinsic value to the more-than-human world. In response to this deficiency, Lutheran theologian and eco-theology pioneer H. Paul Santmire has suggested the addition of the ‘I-Ens’ relationship, which values objects without either instrumentalising or personalising the object. This paper argues this addition is still insufficient because it frames too sharp a distinction between subjects and objects and does not account for larger-scale natural forces. The paper thus argues for employing contemporary eco-critic Timothy Morton’s concept of ‘hyperobjects’ as a means of enfolding and expanding both Buber’s and Santmire’s object relations theories into a broader concept of object relations for theological use.
The seminar will be held in the Chapel at Australian Lutheran College, cnr Jeffcott & Ward Streets, North Adelaide (2–hour free parking available)
4.30 pm to 5.30 pm (Adelaide local time)
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