Summary: Object-oriented philosopher Graham Harman judges the natural sciences, the humanities, and common sense in terms of the crude philosophical criteria of another age and finds them lacking in knowledge of reality.
He posits a shadowy “withdrawn” realm of real objects and qualities in order to explain the discrepancies between his naive abstract model of knowledge as “access” and the concrete reality of the sciences. Unfortunately, nothing can be said about this realm of real objects, which are by definition ineffable, forever inaccessible behind the veil of withdrawal.
Later works by Harman such as THE QUADRUPLE OBJECT, THE THIRD TABLE and BELLS AND WHISTLES, like the whole of his philosophy, are the record of his noticing the discrepancies between his model and what it is supposed to be modeling, but refusing to revise the model.
Harman’s solution, object-oriented philosophy, is a dead-end, the timid, nostalgic, and
fundamentally misleading propounding of an antiquated epistemology under the cover of a “new” ontology.
Comment: MORE MONIST IDEALISM (here) is my most complete treatment of OOO to date. It would take only a little work to turn it into a publishable monograph, and this is what I intend to do.
Note: The subtitle (“Essay review of Graham Harman’s BELLS AND WHISTLES”) is slightly misleading, as the article is a review of Harman’s philosophy as a whole.