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Graham Harman
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    Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics.Graham Harman - 2009 - re.press.
    Prince of Networks is the first treatment of Bruno Latour specifically as a philosopher. It has been eagerly awaited by readers of both Latour and Harman since their public discussion at the London School of Economics in February 2008. Part One covers four key works that display Latour’s underrated contributions to metaphysics: Irreductions, Science in Action, We Have Never Been Modern, and Pandora’s Hope. Harman contends that Latour is one of the central figures of contemporary philosophy, with a highly original (...)
  2. The Quadruple Object.Graham Harman - 2011 - Zero Books.
    In this book the metaphysical system of Graham Harman is presented in lucid form, aided by helpful diagrams. In Chapter 1, Harman gives his most forceful critique to date of philosophies that reject objects as a primary reality. All such rejections are tainted by either an undermining or overmining approach to objects. In Chapters 2 and 3, he reviews his concepts of sensual and real objects. In the process, he attacks the prestige normally granted to philosophies of human access, which (...)
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    Immaterialism: Objects and Social Theory.Graham Harman - 2016 - Malden, MA: Polity.
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    Guerrilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things.Graham Harman - 2005 - Open Court.
    The current fashions in both analytic and continental philosophy are staunchly anti-metaphysical. There is supposedly no way to talk about the world itself — the philosopher is confined to antiseptic discussions of language, or of other modes of human access to the world. In this provocative work, Graham Harman expands the discussion from his previous book, Tool-Being, arguing for a theory of "the carpentry of things" — a more accessible way of viewing the world that incorporates ideas from Husserl, Levinas, (...)
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  5. The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism.Levi Bryant, Nick Srnicek & Graham Harman - 2011 - re.press.
    Continental philosophy has entered a new period of ferment. The long deconstructionist era was followed with a period dominated by Deleuze, which has in turn evolved into a new situation still difficult to define. However, one common thread running through the new brand of continental positions is a renewed attention to materialist and realist options in philosophy. Among the leaders of the established generation, this new focus takes numerous forms. It might be hard to find many shared positions in the (...)
  6. Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects.Graham Harman - 2002 - Open Court.
    Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) influenced the work of such diverse thinkers as Sartre and Derrida. In Tool-Being, Graham Harman departs from the prevailing linguistic approach to analytic and continental philosophy in favor of Heideggerian object-oriented research into the secret contours of objects. Written in a colorful style, it will be of interest to anyone open to new trends in present-day philosophy.
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    Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making.Graham Harman - 2011 - Edinburgh University Press.
    Quentin Meillassoux has been described as the most rapidly prominent French philosopher in the Anglophone world since Jacques Derrida in the 1960s. With the publication of After Finitude (2006), this daring protege of Alain Badiou became one of the world's most visible younger thinkers. In this book, his fellow Speculative Realist, Graham Harman, assesses Meillassoux's publications in English so far. Also included are an insightful interview with Meillassoux and first-time translations of excerpts from L'Inexistence divine (The Divine Inexistence), his famous (...)
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    Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures.Graham Harman - 2010 - Zero Books.
    These writings chart Harman's rise from Chicago sportswriter to co-founder of one of Europe's most promising philosophical movements: Speculative Realism. In 1997, Graham Harman was an obscure graduate student covering Chicago sporting events for a California website. Unpublished in philosophy at the time, he was already a popular conference speaker on Heidegger and related themes. Little more than a decade later, as the author of stimulating and highly visible books on continental philosophy, he was Associate Vice Provost for Research at (...)
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    The Only Exit From Modern Philosophy.Graham Harman - 2020 - Open Philosophy 3 (1):132-146.
    This article contends that the central principle of modern philosophy is obscured by a side-debate between two opposed camps that are united in accepting a deeper flawed premise. Consider the powerful critiques of Kantian philosophy offered by Quentin Meillassoux and Bruno Latour, respectively. These two thinkers criticize Kant for opposite reasons: Meillassoux because Kant collapses thought and world into a permanent “correlate” without isolated terms, and Latour because Kant tries to purify thought and world from each other rather than realizing (...)
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  10. Speculative Realism.Ray Brassier, Iain Hamilton Grant, Graham Harman & Quentin Meillassoux - 2007 - Collapse:306-449.
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    The Rise of Realism.Manuel DeLanda & Graham Harman - 2017 - Cambridge, UK: Polity.
    Until quite recently, almost no philosophers trained in the continental tradition saw anything of value in realism. The situation in analytic philosophy was always different, but in continental philosophy realism was usually treated as a pseudo-problem. That is no longer the case. In this provocative new book, two leading philosophers examine the remarkable rise of realism in the continental tradition. While exploring the similarities and differences in their own positions, they also consider the work of others and assess rival trends (...)
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  12. Object-Oriented Ontology.Graham Harman - 2015 - In Michael Hauskeller, Thomas D. Philbeck & Curtis D. Carbonell (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Posthumanism in Film and Television. Palgrave. pp. 401-409.
     
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    Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism.Graham Harman - 2013 - Zero Books.
    More Speculative Realism Graham Harman. GRAHAM HARMAN BELLS AND WHISTLES MURE SPEBLILATIVE REALISM Bell and Whistles More Speculative Realism Graham Harman Winchester, UK. Front Cover.
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    Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy.Graham Harman - 2012 - Zero Books.
    As Holderlin was to Martin Heidegger and Mallarme to Jacques Derrida, so is H.P. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Lovecraft was one of the brightest stars of the horror and science fiction magazines, but died in poverty and relative obscurity in the 1930s. In 2005 he was finally elevated from pulp status to the classical literary canon with the release of a Library of America volume dedicated to his work. The impact of Lovecraft on philosophy has been building for (...)
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  15. The Well-Wrought Broken Hammer: Object-Oriented Literary Criticism.Graham Harman - 2012 - New Literary History 43 (2):183-203.
  16. The Road to Objects.Graham Harman - 2011 - Continent 1 (3):171-179.
    Harman presents an outline of how object-oriented ontology differentiates itself from other branches of speculative realism. Can OOO steer philosophy from an epistemological project that tends to reduce the discipline to "a series of small-time drug busts"?
     
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  17. On Vicarious Causation.Graham Harman - 2007 - Collapse:171-205.
  18. I Am Also of the Opinion That Materialism Must Be Destroyed.Graham Harman - 2010 - Environment and Planning D 28 (5):1-17.
    This paper criticizes two forms of philosophical materialism that adopt opposite strategies but end up in the same place. Both hold that individual entities must be banished from philosophy. The first kind is ground floor materialism, which attempts to dissolve all objects into some deeper underlying basis; here, objects are seen as too shallow to be the truth. The second kind is first floor materialism, which treats objects as naive fictions gullibly posited behind the direct accessibility of appearances or relations; (...)
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  19. Time, Space, Essence, and Eidos: A New Theory of Causation.Graham Harman - 2010 - Cosmos and History 6 (1):1-17.
    This article attempts to develop the abandoned occasionalist model of causation into a credible present-day theory. If objects can never exhaust one another through their relations, it is hard to know how they can ever interact at all. This article handles the problem by dividing objects into two kinds: the real objects that emerge from Heidegger’s tool-analysis and the intentional objects of Husserl’s phenomenology. Each of these objects turns out to be split by an additional rift between the object as (...)
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  20. On the Undermining of Objects: Grant, Bruno, and Radical Philosophy.Graham Harman - 2011 - In Levi R. Bryant, Nick Srnicek & Graham Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. re.press.
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    Bruno Latour: Reassembling the Political.Graham Harman - 2014 - London: Pluto Press.
    Bruno Latour, the French sociologist, anthropologist and long-established superstar in the social sciences is revisited in this pioneering account of his ever-evolving political philosophy. Breaking from the traditional focus on his metaphysics, most recently seen in Harman's book Prince of Networks, the author instead begins with the Hobbesian and even Machiavellian underpinnings of Latour's early period and encountering his shift towards Carl Schmitt and finishing with his final development into the Lippmann / Dewey debate. Harman brings these twists and turns (...)
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  22. The Current State of Speculative Realism.Graham Harman - 2013 - Speculations (IV):22-28.
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    The Battle of Objects and Subjects: Concerning Sbriglia and Žižek’s Subject Lessons Anthology.Graham Harman - 2020 - Open Philosophy 3 (1):314-334.
    This article mounts a defense of Object-Oriented Ontology from various criticisms made in Russell Sbriglia and Slavoj Žižek’s co-edited anthology Subject Lessons. Along with Sbriglia and Žižek’s own Introduction to the volume, the article responds to the chapters by Todd McGowan, Adrian Johnston, and Molly Anne Rothenberg, the three in which my own version of OOO is most frequently discussed.
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    Malabou’s Political Critique of Speculative Realism.Graham Harman - 2021 - Open Philosophy 4 (1):94-105.
    A recent political critique of Speculative Realism by Catherine Malabou finds fault with this loosely arranged movement for its focus on reality in its own right, apart from the subject. Malabou responds with a radical ontological claim, holding effectively – if not always explicitly – that subject and object mutually generate one another amidst a primal void. After criticizing this idea, I point to some of the difficult political consequences of such a position, though Malabou defines it positively as an (...)
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    Heidegger Explained: From Phenomenon to Thing.Graham Harman - 2007 - Open Court.
    Martin Heidegger’s (1889-1976) influence has long been felt not just in philosophy, but also in such fields as art, architecture, and literary studies. Yet his difficult terminology has often scared away interested readers lacking an academic background in philosophy. In this new entry in the Ideas Explained series, author Graham Harman shows that Heidegger is actually one of the simplest and clearest of thinkers. His writings and analyses boil down to a single powerful idea: being is not presence. In any (...)
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    Realism Without Materialism.Graham Harman - 2011 - Substance 40 (2):52-72.
  27. Undermining, Overmining, and Duomining: A Critique.Graham Harman - 2013 - In Jenna Sutela (ed.), ADD Metaphysics. Aalto University Design Research Laboratory.
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    The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE.Bruno Latour, Graham Harman & Peter Erdélyi (eds.) - 2011 - Zero Books.
    The Prince and the Wolf contains the transcript of a debate which took place on February 5, 2008 at the London School of Economics (LSE) between the prominent French sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher Bruno Latour and the Cairo-based American philosopher Graham Harman.
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  29. Towards a Speculative Philosophy.Levi R. Bryant, Nick Srnicek & Graham Harman - 2011 - In Levi R. Bryant, Nick Srnicek & Graham Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. re.press.
     
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    Materialism is Not the Solution: On Matter, Form, and Mimesis.Graham Harman - 2015 - Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 24 (47):94-110.
    This article defends a new sense of “formalism” in philosophy and the arts, against recent materialist fashion. Form has three key opposite terms: matter, function, and content. First, I respond to Jane Bennett’s critique of object-oriented philosophy in favor of a unified matter-energy, showing that Bennett cannot reach the balanced standpoint she claims to obtain. Second, I show that the form/function dualism in architecture gives us two purely relational terms and thus cannot do justice to the topic of form. Third, (...)
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  31. Dwelling with the Fourfold.Graham Harman - 2009 - Space and Culture 12 (3):292-302.
  32. On the Horror of Phenomenology: Lovecraft and Husserl.Graham Harman - 2008 - Collapse:333-364.
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    Object-Oriented Ontology and Commodity Fetishism: Kant, Marx, Heidegger, and Things.Graham Harman - 2017 - Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 1 (2):28-36.
    There have been several criticisms of Object-Oriented Ontology from the political Left. Perhaps the most frequent one has been that OOO’s aspiration to speak of objects apart from all their relations runs afoul of Marx’s critique of “commodity fetishism.” The main purpose of this article is to show that even a cursory reading of the sections on commodity in Marx’s Capital does not support such an accusation. For Marx, the sphere of entities that are not commodities is actually quite wide, (...)
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    Editorial Introduction for the Topical Issue “Object-Oriented Ontology and Its Critics”.Graham Harman - 2019 - Open Philosophy 2 (1):592-598.
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  35. Heidegger Explained: From Phenomenon to Thing.Graham Harman - 2007 - Human Studies 30 (4):471-477.
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    The Coldness of Forgetting: OOO in Philosophy, Archaeology, and History.Graham Harman - 2019 - Open Philosophy 2 (1):270-279.
    This article begins by addressing a critique of my book Immaterialism by the archaeologists Þóra Pétursdóttirr and Bjørnar Olsen in their 2018 article “Theory Adrift.” As they see it, I restrict myself in Immaterialism to available historical documentation on the Dutch East India Company, and they wonder how my account might have changed if I had discussed more typical archaeological examples instead: wrecked and sunken ships, released ballast, deserted harbors, distributed goods, and derelict fortresses. In response, I argue that my (...)
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  37. DeLanda’s ontology: assemblage and realism. [REVIEW]Graham Harman - 2008 - Continental Philosophy Review 41 (3):367-383.
    Manuel DeLanda is one of the few admitted realists in present-day continental philosophy, a position he claims to draw from Deleuze. DeLanda conceives of the world as made up of countless layers of assemblages, irreducible to their parts and never dissolved into larger organic wholes. This article supports DeLanda’s position as a refreshing new model for continental thought. It also criticizes his movement away from singular individuals toward disembodied attractors and topological structures lying outside all specific beings. While endorsing DeLanda’s (...)
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  38. Quentin Meillassoux: A New French Philosopher.Graham Harman - 2007 - Philosophy Today 51 (1):1.
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    Whitehead and Schools X, Y, and Z.Graham Harman - 2014 - In Nicholas Gaskill & Adam Nocek (eds.), The Lure of Whitehead. Univ. of Minnesota Press. pp. 231-248.
    Graham Harman’s “Whitehead and Schools X, Y, and Z,” distinguishes among three schools of contemporary philosophy according to their respective positions on process, becoming, and relations: the schools of Whitehead and Latour, of Deleuze, Bergson, Simondon, and other philosophers of becoming, and of object-oriented philosophy. One of the goals of the essay is to challenge those who would too quickly align Whitehead with Deleuze.
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  40. Object-oriented ontology: a new theory of everything.Graham Harman - 2018 - [London]: Pelican Books.
    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." (...)
     
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    Fear of Reality: Realism and Infra-Realism.Graham Harman - 2015 - The Monist 98 (2):126-144.
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    Response to Shaviro.Graham Harman - 2011 - In Levi R. Bryant, Nick Srnicek & Graham Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. re.press.
  43. Hacia el realismo especulativo: Ensayos y conferencias.Graham Harman - 2015 - Caja Negra Editora.
     
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  44. A New Occasionalism?Graham Harman - 2016 - In Bruno Latour & Peter Weibel (eds.), Reset Modernity! MIT Press. pp. 129-138.
     
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    Technology, Objects and Things in Heidegger.Graham Harman - 2010 - Cambridge Journal of Economics 34 (1):17-25.
    Martin Heidegger is famous for his early analysis of tools, and equally famous for his later reflections on technology. This might suggest an easy literal reading of these themes in his work along the following lines: ‘Heidegger began his career fascinated by low-tech hardware such as hammers and drills, but later took an interest in advanced devices such as hydroelectric dams’. But such a literal interpretation would miss the point, since neither Heidegger's tool analysis nor his views on technology are (...)
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  46. The Importance of Bruno Latour for Philosophy.Graham Harman - 2007 - Cultural Studies Review 13 (1):31-49.
    This article explores the importance of French thinker, Bruno Latour, for academic philosophy and addresses the question of why, when he has an enthusiastic following in a range of disciplines including sociology, anthropology and the fine arts, he has been largely overlooked by academic philosophers.
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  47. Aesthetics as First Philosophy: Levinas and the Non-Human.Graham Harman - 2007 - Naked Punch (9):21-30.
  48. The McLuhans and metaphysics.Graham Harman - 2009 - In Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Evan Selinger & Søren Riis (eds.), New Waves in Philosophy of Technology. Palgrave-Macmillan.
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    The Problem with Metzinger.Graham Harman - 2011 - Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 7 (1):7-36.
    This article provides a critical treatment of the ontology underlying Thomas Metzinger’s Being No One. Metzinger asserts that interdisciplinary empirical work must replace ‘armchair’ a priori intuitions into the nature of reality; nonetheless, his own position is riddled with unquestioned a priori assumptions. His central claim that ‘no one has or has ever had a self’ is meant to have an ominous and futuristic ring, but merely repeats a familiar philosophical approach to individuals, which are undermined by reducing them downward (...)
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    On Progressive and Degenerating Research Programs With Respect to Philosophy.Graham Harman - 2019 - Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 75 (4):2067-2102.
    The Hungarian-born philosopher of science Imre Lakatos introduces the methodology of scientific research programs, and also makes a famous distinction between “progressive” and “degenerating” programs. Although Lakatos does not give extensive guidance as to whether philosophical rather than scientific theories could also be judged in this way, he does give some intriguing hints in his discussion of a debate on induction between Rudolf Carnap and Karl Popper. After considering two extant but misguided attempts to use “degenerating” as a polemical term (...)
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