I was once described as a "beautiful, intelligent iguana".
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I’ve been away from this blog for a while because basically I’m sick of all of you, a bit disgusted with humanity and academics at the moment, and have been busy as hell (more the third thing than the other two).
Levi Bryant really gets me.
I want to have my social constructivism and have my realism too. In fact, I want to go so far in my realism that I even count social constructions as real. They are all too real for those who live with their negative effects and like an ecosystem they regulate the possibilities of lives, our ability to respond to pressing problems like climate change, and the lives of countless nonhuman beings. However, recognizing that a theoretical framework is limited and that more theoretical work needs to be done broaching different domains of analysis does not leave the original theory unchanged.
I saw this post earlier but wasn’t able to get to it. Need to do that.
But…Yes! This is exactly why I get so excited about SR and am slowly falling in philosophy-love with Bryant. So many people under the “speculative realism” tag don’t want to engage with politics (in the widest sense), because it has to deal with people, and SR is supposed to focus on objects only (even though political structures are objects for them, but whatever). Bryant realizes that the point of this branch of philosophy is to expand the possible realm of philosophy though - to talk about objects and humans (as objects). If all objects have the same ontological grounding (flat ontology), then this has extra-ontological consequences for things like politics, race, gender, etc. Bryant’s the only one I see engaging with this element of all these ontological propositions (and maybe Grosz? I saw her labeled under the SR header once, but I don’t know if that’s an accurate description of her philosophy. She is at least trying to be realist in some sense.)