Archives mensuelles : septembre 2015

Feyerabend’s « The Concept of Intelligibility in Modern Physics » (1): against unknowability

Reading PHYSICS AND PHILOSOPHY, Feyerabend’s Philosophical Papers volume 4. After a short introduction by Stefano Gattei and Joseph Agassi giving valuable historical context, the book begins with Feyerabend’s first known paper, « The Concept of Intelligibility in Modern Physics », which was … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND (NIETZSCHE) ON HIS RELATION TO POPPER (WAGNER)

In considering the relation between Feyerabend and Popper in the 50s, an illmuminating comparison can be made with the relation between Nietzsche and Wagner. In both cases a younger thinker is transformed by his encounter with an older more successful, … Lire la suite

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JOHN DAVID EBERT: INDIVIDUATION, THE PLURALIST INTELLECTUAL, AND THE SELF-PUBLISHING ADVENTURE

Here is an inspiring and valuable survey of John David Ebert’s intellectual path from myth studies (Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell) to pluralist philosophy (Sloterdijk and Deleuze and Guattari), as seen through a series of his book reviews spanning 15 … Lire la suite

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OOO AND DIALOGUE: a failed project

My review of Graham Harman’s book THE THIRD TABLE has now attained 2,000 views on academia.edu. I have also opened a discussion session, and the paper has received 662 views. Even allowing for some overlap, this amounts to 2,500 views. … Lire la suite

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HARMAN’S OOO: AFFECTIVE APPEAL AND CONCEPTUAL CATASTROPHE

Many people cling to at least some of the programmatic formulations of OOO mainly for emotional reasons, whether the theses are coherently expressed or the arguments are logically compelling or not. In the general climate of confusion and doubt, Harman’s … Lire la suite

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A.R. Galloway’s postmortem of SR/OOO/Ontological-turn

Initialement publié sur synthetic zerø :
http://www.latimes.com/includes/projects/before-after/japan-tsunami/japan_tsunami.07.before.jpg « Now that the SR/OOO wave has crested, crashed, and receded, we can start to evaluate it with the advantage of perspective. I won’t attempt to offer an autopsy here, but I do want to…

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OOO’S EMPIRICAL INADEQUACY

Harman criticises the reductionism that he finds underlying Eddington’s account of the « two tables » paradox see my review here). However, Eddington’s own position already contains a far more effective critique of reductionism as based on false mental pictures inferred illegitimately … Lire la suite

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OOO AND THE PARADOX OF IMPORTANCE

IT IS IMPORTANT TO DISCUSS OOO PRECISELY BECAUSE IT IS UNIMPORTANT Graham Harman’s OOO relies on an impression of concreteness that it does not live up to. Harman says that real objects cannot be sensed, imagined, or cognized. So we … Lire la suite

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SHORT DEFINITION OF OBJECT-ORIENTED ONTOLOGY (OOO)

Object-oriented ontology is a self-contradictory philosophy that purports to put objects at the center of its study. However, one of its central tenets is that objects are « withdrawn », and thus they cannot be studied. OOO also makes nonsensical claims such … Lire la suite

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FEYERABEND ON HIS RELATION TO POPPER: asymmetry and image of thought

The asymmetry in Feyerabend’s relation to Popper runs deeper than any factual account can register, and touches on the particular « cognitive style »of each of the participants in the relation. Feyerabend makes it clear that for him there were two tendencies … Lire la suite

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