WITHDRAWAL IS VERTICAL: Harman’s ontology of real objects is not flat

For Harman, we cannot know the real object. The object we know is unreal, a sham, a “simulacrum”. Real objects transcend our perception and our knowledge, they transcend all relations and interactions. At the same time, Harman says repeatedly that real objects are “deep”, deeper than their appearance to the human mind, deeper than their relations to one another, deeper than any theoretical or practical encounter with them. This “depth”  of the real is a key part of Harman’s ontology, as is its transcendence. Harman’s OOO is not flat at all, but centered on this vertical dimension of depth and transcendence.

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