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30th May 2012

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Levi Bryant v. Graham Harman

Levi Bryant and Graham Harman have just posted some responses and reflections to each others’ philosophical positions. I think this is an important moment for both of them, as neither has really engaged with the other all that much, even though there are definitely points of contention present. I’d like to make a response post to both of theirs, if I get the time, but who knows if I’ll get around to that. In the meantime, I’ll just link to both posts, as they’re really great reads, and worth taking the time to go through.

Levi’s Post: http://larvalsubjects.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/harman-withdrawal-and-vacuum-packed-objects-my-gratitude/

Harman’s Response: http://doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/on-bryants-philosophy/

And, equally important, is Levi’s post that started this discussion in the first place, which was a response to David Berry’s horrible mischaracterization of Speculative Realism: http://larvalsubjects.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/worries-about-ooo-and-politics/

Finally, Graham hints in the article posted above that he plans to do a more sustained critique and engagement with Levi’s philosophy when the latter posts a more coherent presentation of his own position (though, I must ask, what does Harman regard “The Democracy of Objects” as then?). That hint is really exciting to me honestly, because I see much more fruit in the exchanges between Bryant and Harman than I do in the Harman/Meillassoux divide that’s much more common to see discussed (the more I read Meillassoux, the less reason I see for continuing to read him).

Tagged: Levi BryantGraham HarmanOOOMaterialist-Oriented OntologyObject-Oriented Philosophyphilosophyspeculative realism

  1. sterwood reblogged this from towerofsleep and added:
    [emphasis mine] I agree with pretty much everything here, except I wish to comment on the bolded part. I mean, isn’t it...
  2. towerofsleep reblogged this from sterwood and added:
    Great stuff! I’ve made no secret of the fact that Brant is by far my favourite object-oriented philosopher and I’m...
  3. tanacetum-vulgare said: Harman thinks Bryant *hasn’t* yet presented a cogent explanation of his position? ???? um…