OOO, ACADEMIC SNOBBISM, AND NEWCOMER SYNDROME: Andrew Cole as rare exception

I have apparently been taken to task for a truncated citation from my blog, so I wish to dispel any confusion. The full sentence in my post reads

I am by now quite used to the academic snobbism and lobbying that excludes « mere » bloggers, with rare exceptions.

Andrew Cole is one of these rare exceptions, and I well remember our exchanges in 2015, when he published a critique of Harman’s ideas in ARTFORUM, so I know he is himself no newcomer to these debates on ooo. This article can be found here:

https://www.academia.edu/12780933/Those_Obscure_Objects_of_Desire_Andrew_Cole_on_the_Uses_and_Abuses_of_Object_Oriented_Ontology_and_Speculative_Realism

along with another article on ooo:

https://www.academia.edu/3356208/The_Call_of_Things_A_Critique_of_Object_Oriented_Ontologies

My concern is rather with the possibility that the tendentious re-writing of intellectual history by ooo’s proponents (most notably in their excising or caricaturing of opponents and opposing arguments) be validated by later, non-partisan « newcomer » accounts that are obliged to rely on a skewed historical record:

https://terenceblake.wordpress.com/2018/12/01/pseudo-history-is-written-by-the-pseudo-victors-object-oriented-ontology-and-the-absence-of-critique/

Andrew Cole’s work on OOO and its (lack of) reception provides a typical example of the earlier comportment of this movement when confronted with critical objections.

I argued in favour of rational reception to Cole’s arguments, but to no avail (I think):

https://terenceblake.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/the-linguistic-argument-against-ooo/

Also relevant:

https://terenceblake.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/harmans-language-is-incompatible-with-its-content-notes-on-reading-andrew-coles-critique-of-ooo/

Finally:

https://terenceblake.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/graham-harmans-reply-to-andrew-cole/

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