Anthropocentrism X 3

Jeremy Trombley has a neat post listing three criticism of anthropocentrism: boundary, agential and perspectival. The boundary criticism holds that anthropocentrism is wrong because it makes arbitrary distinctions between beings that merit ethical consideration and beings who do not. The agential criticism is that anthropocentric philosophies fail to recognize nonhumans as active participants in the constitution […]

Derrida’s Realism

There’s an instructive debate going on between Graham Harman at Object Oriented Philosophy (henceforth OOO) and Levi Bryant over at Larval Subjects (henceforth LS) about whether Derrida’s work is serviceable for realism. OOO is emphatic: not only is Derrida not a ‘plug and play’ realist, his work has no realist application at all. Unlike Heidegger – whose account of […]

What Derrida is Realist About

There’s an instructive debate going on between Graham Harman at Object Oriented Philosophy (henceforth OOO) and Levi Bryant over at Larval Subjects (henceforth LS) about whether Derrida’s work is serviceable for realism. OOO is emphatic: not only is Derrida not a ‘plug and play’ realist, his work has no realist application at all. Unlike Heidegger – whose account of […]