In his deconstruction of Nature I believe Morton is doing something similar to Latour. He is refusing to treat Nature and Culture as two distinct and ontologically incommensurable domains. Rather, the ecological thought is about how these domains are bound up with one another, how they are intertwined with one another, and how we need to muster the conceptual resources to think a variety of heterogeneous components ranging from signifiers to rats if we’re to properly think through these issues.
This is exactly the connection I made when I first saw Tim’s book, or actually, when I wrote to him about his upcoming book after seeing several of his great essays online. I won’t say more about the T.H.E. review, though one critique was really misplaced: that at the end of the book, the person didn’t come any farther than what Tim introduced at the beginning of the book. I hope so!
Tonight I’m rewriting an introduction for a book. I’m trying to find an even clearer way to state the thesis, which can then be littered in slightly different ways throughout the book. But now I might be told that if I say this at the beginning, I’ll have to say even more near the end.
But again, read Tim’s book. It must be something: it has Levi writing “deconstruction” without, as far as I can tell, puking on the screen…