The Democracy of Objects

The Democracy of Objects Since Kant philosophy has been obsessed with epistemological questions pertaining to the relationship between mind and world and human access to objects In The Democracy of Objects Bryant proposes t

  • Title: The Democracy of Objects
  • Author: Levi Bryant
  • ISBN: 9781607852
  • Page: 271
  • Format: ebook
  • Since Kant, philosophy has been obsessed with epistemological questions pertaining to the relationship between mind and world and human access to objects In The Democracy of Objects, Bryant proposes that we break with this tradition and once again initiate the project of ontology as first philosophy Drawing on the object oriented ontology of Graham Harman, as well as theSince Kant, philosophy has been obsessed with epistemological questions pertaining to the relationship between mind and world and human access to objects In The Democracy of Objects, Bryant proposes that we break with this tradition and once again initiate the project of ontology as first philosophy Drawing on the object oriented ontology of Graham Harman, as well as the thought of Roy Bhaskar, Gilles Deleuze, Niklas Luhman, Aristotle, Jacques Lacan, Bruno Latour and the developmental systems theorists, Bryant develops a realist ontology that he calls onticology This ontology argues that being is composed entirely of objects, properties, and relations such that subjects themselves are a variant of objects Drawing on the work of the systems theorists and cyberneticians, Bryant argues that objects are dynamic systems that relate to the world under conditions of operational closure In this way, he is able to integrate the most vital discoveries of the anti realists within a realist ontology that does justice to both the material and cultural Onticology proposes a flat ontology where objects of all sorts and at different scales equally exist without being reducible to other objects and where there are no transcendent entities such as eternal essences outside of dynamic interactions among objects.ull text available here quodb.umich cgi t text

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    1. My initial penetration into the fields of Speculative Realism and Object Oriented Ontology, DoO is a clear, concise, and determined attempt to bypass the epistemological problem of access to objects (the ways in which our knowledge claims about the 'world out there' are limited by our senses/perceptions, leaving us with only what the 'world out there is for us'.), to get to real discussions about reality as it is for itself. The text seems to seek to deanthropocentrize ontology, repositioning th [...]

    2. A GR, and real-life, friend of mine stated that people who haven't taken the time to read Kant properly end up doing this object-oriented ontology stuff. I'm thinking that's pretty accurate. Also: this is what people write who a) aren't talented enough to write imaginative literature that can teach empathy and broaden our ethical horizons and b) are particularly suspect as philosophers, neither straightforward fuck-it-all pragmatist types like Rorty or something nor seriously rigorous in their h [...]

    3. Bryant presents his case for an object-oriented ontology (OOO), something that treats all objects as things that exist in their own right, without implying that everything exists in the same manner. Above all else, it's a very articulate account, wherein Bryant never hesitates to give a full explanation for a concept that may seem to require a bit of extra space. The introduction argues the need for an object-oriented approach, saying that the common structures of phenomenology aren't really abo [...]

    4. I'm a newcomer to 'Speculative Realism' and to Object Oriented Ontology as well, and I found this book to be one of the clearest pieces so far in the canon, and to be one of the most engaging.Bryant find his way out of what is being termed the 'Correlationist Circle' - that is, thought that can't separate questions/investigations about the world and being into two different categories; they always correlate - by posing what he terms to be a "Transcendental Realist" question. Traditionally, Kant' [...]

    5. This may be too heavily philosophical for me, but I'm giving it a try. I'm very interested in this Object Oriented Ontology stuff.

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