Harman on Metzinger: a first response

Graham Harman’s piece on Thomas Metzinger’s Being no One – ‘The Problem with Metzinger’ is available here in the current edition of Cosmos and History. I was looking forward to this since Harman is normally a fair reader of other philosophers. I will reserve judgement upon the whole essay until I’ve had a chance to […]

Harman on Patterns and Harms

Quentin Meillassoux’s  coinage ‘correlationism’ refers to any position which holds that thought can only think the relation between thought and its object; never the object as an absolute without relation to cognition. Kantianism and transcendental phenomenology are correlationisms. They conceive objectivity as an invariant structure of possible experience. Husserl conceives physical objectivity in terms of […]

Why OOO is reductionist or eliminativist

Well, to be fair, it probably isn’t, but, on the strength of this post over at Larval Subjects, Bryant might just believe that it is. The idea seems to be that representation depends on dynamic and fluid interactions between objects, thus either representation is not what we thought it was (reductionism) or there ain’t such […]

Flat Ontology II: a worry about emergence

Summary: if you want to distinguish assemblages from aggregates in a flat ontology you need a metaphysics of emergence. But real emergence may not work unless we deny that parts of assemblages are separate from the whole. This seems to undermine the point of assemblages where, it is said, the parts are logically exterior from […]

Information, Access and Reality: A Response to Harman

Graham Harman at Object Oriented Philosophy has responded negatively to my claim a) that his interpretation of the tool-analysis makes makes idealist assumptions and b) that intentional states such as perceptions and beliefs have real things as their intentional objects: What is idealism is enemyindustry’s own next sentence: “In contrast, I hold that intentionality brings us into […]

Art on the Beach: A Response to AC/DC

Over at Algorithm and Contingency (AC) there’s a substantive response to Dark Chemistry’s (DC) beguiling post Art and the Real, entitled Some Notes on the Art of the Real. AC is concerned with the problem of the ontological role of art within a realist metaphysics, an issue I fielded in my earlier review of the Art and […]

Ballard's Collision of Text and Thing

Back in 1999 I argued that that J G Ballard’s novel Crash employs a system of interlinked metaphors to construct an entirely self-referential system of desire and symbolic action: a ‘cyborgian symbolic’. The auto-destructive desires of Vaughan, ‘James Ballard’, Gabrielle and other members of Ballard’s ‘crash-pack’ refer always to a singular and impossible event which is […]

Ballard’s Collision of Text and Thing

Back in 1999 I argued that that J G Ballard’s novel Crash employs a system of interlinked metaphors to construct an entirely self-referential system of desire and symbolic action: a ‘cyborgian symbolic’. The auto-destructive desires of Vaughan, ‘James Ballard’, Gabrielle and other members of Ballard’s ‘crash-pack’ refer always to a singular and impossible event which is […]