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These writings chart Harman's rise from Chicago sportswriter to co founder of one of Europe's most promising philosophical movements: Speculative Realism.
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Published November 26th 2010 by John Hunt Publishing (first published November 16th 2010)
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Harman's an interesting guy, having worked his way from phenomenology and Heidegger through such thinkers as Bruno Latour and Manuel De Landa to arrive at the current terminus of Speculative Realism, an attempt to navigate the choppy waters where the currents of Idealism and Realism meet by proposing an object-oriented philosophy in which being is not predicated upon human existence and reality is perpetually capable of springing endless surprises upon our rational minds. The earliest of these e ...more
Karl Steel
Feb 03, 2011 Karl Steel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm giving this four stars only because the poor construction of the e-book. Footnotes need to link to notes to be useful.

A record of a developing mind, clearly written, with several clear articulations of both object-oriented ontology and the stakes of the philosophy, allowing us to track Harman's differences from and various debts to Heidegger, Whitehead, Husserl, Latour, and DeLanda.

My only serious qualifications in my high recommendation concern Harman's unengagement with physics, given his
The title may confuse some to think that we are dealing with a kind of introduction to what has been called 'speculative realism'. I at least got the impression. But it is not, far from it. The collection of essays and lectures follow Graham Harman's development of his object-oriented ontology, specifically his reading and interpretation of Heidegger and the phenomenological tradition. As this was the first book I read after having become curious what this 'speculative realism' thing was all abo ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While not all the essays or lectures are related to what I'm working on, the ones that are, are dead on. Some of the concepts used as stepping stones in his arguments are complex for non-philosophers, but he still takes the time to explain these things clearly -- and often beautifully. I've directly quoted from 4 different chapters of this book in the manuscript I'm (re)writing, and speculative realism / object-oriented philosophy is helping to reshape the way I approach the material I'm working ...more
Jonathan Norton
Some papers and lectures GH has produced in his 15-year progress toward speculative realism. Starting as a Heidegger scholar, he broke away from interpretive orthodoxy by finding a realist theme to develop from the notion of "tool-being". This has now evolved in to his own quite different metaphysics, drawing from Husserl and Whitehead as well. There are enthusiastic discussions of Bruno Latour and other influential figures, and there's also an interesting comparison of the analytic and continen ...more
Ben Lainhart
May 20, 2012 Ben Lainhart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I lack a bit of the metaphysical background knowledge and deep reading of Heidegger and Husserl that some of the essays required. However, this collection is still interesting and challenging. I enjoy a lot of what Harman writes even if I don't always agree or even understand some of the conclusions. This is an important new movement in philosophy and I look forward to following and understanding it more deeply.

The lecture in the book on Latour was particularly good.
Egor Sofronov
Dec 26, 2012 Egor Sofronov rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shallow, self-repetitive and absolutely unconvincing
Apr 17, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am not convinced.
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Graham Harman (born May 9, 1968) is a professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He is a contemporary philosopher of metaphysics, who attempts to reverse the linguistic turn of Western philosophy. He terms his ideas object-oriented ontology. A larger grouping of philosophers, Speculative Realism, includes Harman and the philosophers Iain Hamilton Grant, Quentin Meillassoux and Ray Brass ...more
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