Archives mensuelles : juin 2012

FEYERABEND ON POSITIVITY BEYOND CRITIQUE (2): Write Yourself a Letter

We have seen that Feyerabend’s LAST INTERVIEW takes the form of a progressive deconstruction of the interviewer’s remaining prejudices concerning the necessity of a philosophical position that would give a « systematic account of everything » (p162). When Jung tries to compare … Lire la suite

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IS THE ONTOLOGICAL TURN A USELESS DETOUR?: Feyerabend on Ontological Critique

We have seen that in his encounters with interlocutors Feyerabend tends to function like a zen master, trying to get people to change their attitude, to get them to « sense chaos » where they perceive « an orderly arrangement of well behaved … Lire la suite

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DIALOGUE WITH BILL BENZON: On Kuhn, Feyerabend, Harman and Multiple Worlds

Bill Benzon has been reflecting on the necessary rapprochement between ontology and epistemology for some time. Some recent posts of his on his blog (for example here and here) discuss this more explicitly, but he has been working on this … Lire la suite

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AGAINST QUARRELATIONISM: On Alexander Galloway’s Putative Logical Error

« Alexander Galloway, you have just been quarrelated » Such could be the conclusion to a rather depressing sequence of events on the little atoll of blogs discussing OOO and SR (I’m tempted to add SPQR, but that would not be politically … Lire la suite

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HARMAN & SCIENCE (2): Repressed Anthropologism

I have been mining Mehdi Belhaj Kacem’s LETTRE A TRISTAN GARCIA for what it can tell us about the conceptual tensions in OOO in general, and in Graham Harman’s version in particular. I find confirmation of my thesis that much … Lire la suite

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HARMAN & SCIENCE (1): On Variable Withdrawal

Adam Robbert discusses the problem of the relation between « Harman’s object-oriented philosophy » and « the question of Science ».  The solution seems to be: there is no relation at all, but if we « forget » the huge conceptual disparity between Harman’s and Latour’s … Lire la suite

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MEHDI BELHAJ KACEM ON GRAHAM HARMAN (2): An Uneventful Ontology

MBK, as we have seen, accuses Harman of inconsistent Kantianism, wanting to have his unknowable in-itself and yet to know it. He argues further that to be consistent with his own (inconsistent) ideas he should treat science as indiscriminable from … Lire la suite

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Academia’s Game of Thrones vs Non-Academic Individuation

Update 6/4/14: I published this post two years ago as part of my analysis of the failure of Alexander Galloway’s attempts to install a fruitful critical dialogue around recent realist ideas, including Harman’s OOO. I encouraged a commentator, Trevor Owen … Lire la suite

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MEHDI BELHAJ KACEM ON GRAHAM HARMAN (1): An Inconsistent Kantianism

MBK has published a long open letter to Tristan Garcia in LA REVUE LITTERAIRE (number 52, February-March, where he describes a « new conjecture » that is emerging as the rising generation of philosophers begin to free themselves from the conceptual space … Lire la suite

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HARMAN’S OBJECTS DO NOT « WITHDRAW », THEY TRANSCEND

Harman’s OOO is a school philosophy dealing in generalities and abstractions far from the concrete joys and struggles of real human beings (« The world is filled primarily not with electrons or human praxis, but with ghostly objects withdrawing from all … Lire la suite

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