Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything (Paperback)

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OOO (pronounced "triple O") flattens the world of philosophy until humans are the same as everything else.  Humans are not special; we're just another object in reality, partially withdrawn from view.  An ontology book for a realist philosophy based on connection and interaction.  —Andrew

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We humans tend to believe that things are only real in as much as we perceive them, an idea reinforced by modern philosophy, which privileges us as special, radically different in kind from all other objects. But as Graham Harman, one of the theory's leading exponents, shows, Object-Oriented Ontology (OOO) rejects the idea of human specialness: the world, he states, is clearly not the world as manifest to humans. "To think a reality beyond our thinking is not nonsense, but obligatory." At OOO's heart is the idea that objects—whether real, fictional, natural, artificial, human, or non-human—are mutually autonomous. This core idea has significance for nearly every field of inquiry which is concerned in some way with the systematic interaction of objects, and the degree to which individual objects resist full participation in such systems. In this brilliant new introduction, Graham Harman lays out OOO's history, ideas, and impact, taking in art and literature, politics and natural science along the way. From Sherlock Holmes, unicorns, and videogames to Dadaism, Voltaire, and string theory, this book will change the way you understand everything.

About the Author


Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles (on leave from the American University in Cairo). A key figure in the contemporary speculative realism movement in philosophy and for his development of object-oriented ontology, he was named by Art Review magazine as one of the 100 most influential figures in international art. His previous book include The Quadruple Object, Towards Speculative Realism, and Immaterialism


Product Details
ISBN: 9780241269152
ISBN-10: 0241269156
Publisher: Pelican
Publication Date: June 1st, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English