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Published September 2011 by Open Humanities Press (first published 2011)
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Rego Hemia
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
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Adam
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 ...more
Mjhancock
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 ...more
Sterling Hall
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'
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Robert
Feb 12, 2013 Robert marked it as to-read
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....
Egor Sofronov
Haven't read that poorly written prose for a while. The introduction and the first chapter were enough.
David
Essential reading
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