Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Real as Hostage (part 2): “Should Humanity Be Saved? And How?”

Philosophical Vanity. The Enslaving Mirror. Without further ado, allow me to announce my contention. It is a contention with object-oriented philosophy, speculative realism or materialism, but more generally, with philosophy taken as a whole, or taken wholly with itself.

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The Real as Hostage (part 1): Politics and Realism

While ontology may not be directly determining of a given political program, such that we cannot legitimately claim to derive normative prescriptions and hence policies from the very structure of the Real, there is nonetheless a sense in which ontology … Continue reading

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A World-Without-World

Levi, in a reply to my last post, raises some questions about non-philosophy: I am unclear as to why being or the real must be understood as something completely independent of the human. … What perplexes me is why a … Continue reading

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With the Real on Our Side (UPDATED)

[UPDATE: Alex of splintering bone ashes weighs in on these problems: "On Having Your Cake and Eating It"] In a comment on Levi’s post, “Meeting My Clone“, I concluded with the following: My point is…that the ontological status of this … Continue reading

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“The Quiet Force of Progress”

I’m going to take a break from the metaphysical debates for moment, to reflect upon President Obama’s Inaugural Address. I think that here, more than ever, we see proof that Obama is not simply a hype-machine or cult of personality, … Continue reading

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Cloning Levi

In an argument with Mikhail of Perverse Egalitarianism, Levi makes the following Laurellean claim: [Metaphysical arguments] beg the question or are circular insofar as they’re based on a prior distinction that distributes the transcendental and the empirical that is not … Continue reading

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Object-ions: Cutting the Cord

Between Levi Bryant’s fascinating posts on what he call’s “The Ontic Principle”, and Graham Harman’s new blog “Object-Oriented Philosophy”, I’ve found myself mulling over some objections. Now, I’m not yet familiar enough with either Harman or Latour, so perhaps these … Continue reading

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