ALEXANDER GALLOWAY AND THE NEW REALISM

Against synchronic ontology: I defend Galloway’s writings on the “new” realists because I think the homology he finds between certain recent versions of realism and capitalism is important. I have tried to spell out some of the presuppositions of his argument. On the specific subject of Graham Harman’s OOO, with its bifurcation between real objects and sensual simulacra, I argue that it is equivalent to what Badiou denounces under the name of “democratic materialism”, i.e. a de-conceptualised subjectivation for the people, and a de-subjectivised functional conceptuality for its managers.

https://www.academia.edu/5600246/ALEXANDER_GALLOWAY_AND_THE_NEW_REALISM

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2 Responses to ALEXANDER GALLOWAY AND THE NEW REALISM

  1. Leon says:

    Publish this. Theoria would publish it, or better, try Parrhesia.

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  2. prsmith5 says:

    Solid piece Terence! I appreciate the humor of the politico-economic line, although I am sure that a reason to dismiss the broader argument could be extrapolated from it.

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