OOO’S GENERIC META-FANTASM: REWRITING THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

OOO has on its conscience an incredibly simplified and deformed history of philosophy by means of its its key concept of “correlationism”, or of the even vaguer Harmanian version: the “philosophy of access”. In this grand narrative OOO emerges after a long history of correlational philosophies, including the structuralist and poststructuralist thought-systems that immediately preceded them.

This fantasmatic negative history of post-kantian philosophy is even more desolating in its postive form, where it speaks of its fantasised intellectual “allies”, and not just of its polemical adversaries. The idea that OOO is a genus containing many different species, allows for the various conflicting positions by subsuming them under a unitary generic category.

This generic status of object-orientedism introduces a form of relativism at the meta-level, applied to the (extended) list of OOO philosophers (i.e. to the OOOxians and to anyone that their impudent propaganda can annex to the movement as being OOO-like). OOO fears internal debate and concentrates its polemics on the correlational others, with a very few swipes at each other. Thus the myth of a unified movement is maintained by semantic ascent to a generic unity that abstracts out from all the radical divergences. What is left is a generic category with no substance and a meta-history with no credibility.

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One Response to OOO’S GENERIC META-FANTASM: REWRITING THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

  1. James Luchte says:

    I could not imagine a clearer rejection of OOO, besides the fact that ‘OOO’ as a trope seems to be a desperate attempt to seem interesting, or perhaps novel. It is nothing new however.

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