K-punk: Dialogue with Graham Harman. Dialogue with Graham Harman After reading Capitalist Realism, Graham Harman had a few questions for me.
I present our email dialogue below. Graham: We agree that imaginative failure is the problem. But my question is as follows: is the Left sufficiently imaginative right now? One of the reasons I shy away from political discussions in our philosophical circles is that they seem to be so awfully narrow. I don't disagree with anything here. Graham: On a related note, you identify capitalist realism with a jaded, critical distance.
Yes. Graham: And more concretely... I'm not sure Jameson would say that he is more imaginative than Jobs. Graham: Another thought... That's a good question. The CYCLONOPEDIA Symposium. The Mortiloquist - Urbanomic. A sequel to Cyclonopedia and the second installment in the Blackening trilogy, The Mortiloquist is a barbaric interpretation of the life and problems of Western philosophy.
Feasting on the theatrical resources of Greek tragedy, Jacobean revenge drama, grand guignol theater, the theater of cruelty, aktionism (especially Herman Nitsch's Fall of Jerusalem and Orgien Mysterien theater) and employing the dialogue-commentary of scholasticism, The Mortiloquist is a cross-breed of play and philosophy. In this textual mongrel, the life of Western philosophy is gutted out by outlanders and barbarically staged. Taking place in an alternative history of the Greek Empire during a hypothetical siege of Athens, The Mortiloquist begins with a heated debate among three philosophers. Aristotle, Speusippus and Andronosos have refused to flee from the Academy. Eliminative Culinarism. March 2, 2014 The Glass Bead Game As part of an event organized by Glass Bead (Fabien Giraud, Jeremy Lecomte, Vincent Normand, Ida Soulard, Inigo Wilkins) and Composing Differences (curated by Virginie Bobin), Guerino Mazzola and I will be presenting talks on philosophy, mathematics, games and the paradigm of navigation.
Here is my abstract (I will post Mazzola's abstract later): What Philosophy Does to the Mind. Graham Harman on the history of OOO and SR, Graham Harman talk on the history of OOO and SR Tim303 on USTREAM. Educational. Speculative realism. Larval Subjects August 17, 2012 Transcendence and the Problem of Boundaries: A Confession. We Have Never Been Blogging. Velvet Howler › Blog Archive › Object-Oriented Philosophy as Ponzi Scheme: On Financial and Metaphysical Bubbles.
I was inspired by Kvond’s excellent post at his blog Frames /sing —please do read it—responding to my informal comments over at this Perverse Egalitarianism thread , where I wrote a brief critique of the work of Graham Harman and the object-oriented philosophy (henceforth, OOP) movement that has recently coalesced around him, to formalize them a little bit into a post here at the Howler. On the topic of Steven Shaviro and Graham Harman’s recent conversation/debate about object-oriented aesthetics, Mikhail Emelianov over at Perverse Egalitarianism perspicaciously notes: If I understand Shaviro’s point about OOP being an essentially aesthetic position (and Harman himself, I think, said that much), then it doesn’t seem as though anyone is really pretending to sell anything to anyone. . Although I typically find myself in agreement with Mikhail, especially when it comes to all things OOP-related, I sort of feel the opposite way about the OOP cadre and their work. Object-Oriented Philosophy.
Graham Harman As twentieth century philosophy enters its final months, there have been fewer retrospective surveys of its past one hundred years than might have been expected.
Whether this is due to widespread disorientation, or simply to the understandable wish to avoid melodrama, is anyone's guess. About Me. Looking for a bio (long, short)?
Looking for photos of me? Want my curriculum vitae? Trying to contact me? Dr. Ian Bogost is an award-winning author and game designer whose work focuses on videogames and computational media. ANTHEM. Speculative Realism as “philosophy fiction” *As readers have likely gathered, here at the blog we’re mighty keen on “design fiction” and “architecture fiction,” while science fiction is, of course, pretty much an existential given.
*But what might unify these disparate strands of cultural interest? Well, they’d be united as disciplines within “speculative culture” generally. Feb/mar 2005. The German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk achieved much acclaim (and a wide readership) in the United States during the heyday of critical theory with the translation of his Critique of Cynical Reason (University of Minnesota Press, 1988), in which he introduced a multifaceted style of writing, freely engaging with philosophy, history, anthropology, fiction, poetry, literary theory, and colloquial language.
This unique discursive repertoire was widely perceived as constituting an altogether new take on the role of philosophy, one that continues to mark his work. If Sloterdijk's subsequently translated Thinker on Stage: Nietzsche's Materialism (University of Minnesota Press, 1989) also captured his performative philosophy (itself a continuation of the Nietzschean project that provides the book with its subject), the title was perhaps not the follow-up to Critique of Cynical Reason that American readers had expected.
BF: Another post-Benjaminian book is Negri and Hardt's Empire. Speculative Realism Does Not Exist. Critical Animal has posed a series of questions to the so-called “Speculative Realists”.
I’ll take a stab at trying to respond to some of them. (1) For an intellectual movement that has such a strong internet presence, why do you all have such an unhelpful wikipedia entry? No doubt this has to do with those who are writing the wiki entries. It would be rather self-indulgent to write one’s own wiki entry. Promiscuous Ontologies mp3. Quentin Meillassoux - After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency - Reviewed by Gabriel Riera, University of Illinois, Chicago - Philosophical Reviews - University of Notre Dame. Scientific knowledge often produces statements that refer to realities prior to the appearance of human life, such as the age of the earth and the universe, or the exact dating of a fossil whose species vanished well before human knowledge came into existence.
Speculative Heresy. Collapse Vol. IV: Concept Horror - Urbanomic. About this Volume Collapse IV features a series of investigations by philosophers, writers and artists into Concept Horror.
Contributors address the existential, aesthetic, theological and political dimensions of horror, interrogate its peculiar affinity with philosophical thought, and uncover the horrors that may lie in wait for those who pursue rational thought beyond the bounds of the reasonable. This unique volume continues Collapse's pursuit of indisciplinary miscegenation, the wide-ranging contributions interacting to produce common themes and suggestive connections. In the process a rich and compelling case emerges for the intimate bond between horror and philosophical thought. The original numbered edition of this volume is now sold out; the volume is now available in a new reissued edition. Related Links. 6 keys to After Finitude « Object-Oriented Philosophy. Today I’m working on the chapter of the Meillassoux book on After Finitude. Rather than “summarize” a book that is already written with sufficient clarity as it is, I’m going to try to isolate the key pillars in the argumentation of the book.
(And I’ll categorize this as a “Composition of Philosophy” post, though I don’t intend to live-blog the writing of another book this summer. Maybe I’ll do it again in the future, but I don’t feel like it this time.) If you’re writing a book honestly, you’ll always change your mind about a few things while writing it.