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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Speculative Unrealism

The basic commonality that allows us to group such disparate lines of thought under the name of Speculative Realism is the assertion that, in short, there in fact exists something apart from our subjective access to its existence. As Graham … Continue reading

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