OOO IS ONTOLOGICAL NIHILISM: there are no “real objects” in Harman’s sense

No example of a real object can be given. All that is given in experience, all that is contained in our common sense and scientific knowledge, all that we can see and touch and create and love is “utter sham”, “simulacra”, “phantoms”. All that we know, including what we know about ourselves, is unreal. All our hopes and joys, all our suffering and struggle, all that we strive for and value belong to the world of illusion. Nothing from the empirical world (none of its objects or properties or relations) is real, so Harman is left with nothing to populate his real world. Harman’s ontology of the real is empty. There are no “real objects”, this expression is an empty place-marker in Harman’s ontological formalism.

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