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IS ONTOLOGY MAKING US STUPID?: synchronic vs diachronic ontologies

Summary: In this paper I consider the ontologies of Louis Althusser, Graham Harman, and Paul Feyerabend. I begin by “deconstructing” the title and explaining that Feyerabend does not usually use the noun “ontology”, although he does sometimes call his position … Lire la suite

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THE LINGUISTIC ARGUMENT AGAINST OOO

In a very interesting article published in ARTFORUM Andrew Cole offers some very effective critiques of Graham Harman’s version of OOO on a number of points. I wish to examine in particular what I have called his linguistic argument. Harman … Lire la suite

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MORE MONIST IDEALISM: On OOO as failed pluralism and counterfeit realism

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 He posits a shadowy « withdrawn » realm of real … Lire la suite

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DELEUZE: philosopher of difference or philosopher of multiplicity

In a previous article I criticise Laruelle’s treatment of Deleuze’s philosophy as constituting yet another instance of the « philosophy of difference ». I argue that Deleuze’s philosophical evolution involves a passage from a problematic of difference to one of multiplicity. There … Lire la suite

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HARMAN’S LANGUAGE IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH ITS CONTENT: notes on reading Andrew Cole’s critique of OOO

Andrew Cole has published an article which contains a serious, thoughtful and well-argued criticism of OOO. Most of these criticisms have already been advanced by others, including myself, and they have never been answered. Harman, it is well known, does … Lire la suite

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THE ETHOS OF SHARING

Sam Kinsley has two very interesting posts on sharing and academia: here and the sequel.

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DICTIONARY OF OOO (1): WITHDRAWAL

Withdrawal is an important concept in OOO, and as such figures in the second of the two major theses of OOO: objects withdraw from each other. This « withdrawal » underwrites the peculiar ineffability of real objects in OOO: we cannot name … Lire la suite

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MORE INVESTIGATION, LESS AUTHORITY: philo-fiction and conceptual pluralism

Speaking about philo-fiction Laruelle tells us: ‘what is being investigated here is not a particular philosophical position of fiction in relation to the real but philosophy’s legislation or right over it’ (Philosophy and Non-Philosophy, 229). (Note: I am indebted to … Lire la suite

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DELEUZE AND LARUELLE ON NON-PHILOSOPHY

Laruelle and Deleuze both talk about « non-philosophy » (Gregg Lambert has written an interesting book on the non-philosophy of Deleuze, available here). The two conceptions are quite different, and Laruelle does not help us to get a clear view as he … Lire la suite

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