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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 sensua ...more
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Published July 16th 2011 by John Hunt Publishing (first published November 10th 2010)
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Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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Graham Harman goes into depth on his version of object-oriented ontology, including the philosophical movements it's responding to, what it is, and what it does. I have to say, I've been reading my Graham Harman books all out of order--I read Circus Philosophicus and Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philsophy before I was able to track down a copy of 4X Object. The book consists of ten chapters. The first explains the basic problem, that theories of philosophy tend to dismiss objects, either by unde ...more
Asim Bakhshi
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, owned
It is very difficult to place Harman in a popular philosophical tradition since he is among the unique philosophical currents of 21st century. He achieves a number of things here; foremost being the forceful reminder how the human mind overmines or undermines objects. He reminds the naive realists as well as self-assured idealists that philosophy is not wisdom, per se; it is rather the love of wisdom. True to Meno's paradox, we never attain the wisdom, the true objectivity, but nevertheless keep ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A brilliant introduction to a Heidegger-influenced form of ontology that doesn't stray into the unintelligible world of high continental philosophy, but doesn't remain in the drab lifeless world of analytic thinking. ...more
May 29, 2021 rated it liked it
I may have actually caught a glimpse of what Harman is on about. He interprets Heidegger in an interesting and effective way.
Luís M Inácio
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Quadruple Object (2011), de Graham Harman, é o mais compacto livro sobre a filosofia orientada-para-objectos (termo cunhado pelo próprio Harman).

Para Harman a filosofia tem andado esquecida dos objectos, optando nas suas teorias por muitas das vezes fazer "undermining" sugerindo que os objectos não interessam, apenas os seus constituintes (materiais, partículas, átomos, ou um "apeiron"); ou a fazer "overmining" promovendo que os objecto apenas têm importância na sua constituição mental da pe
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Felt a little disappointed in this by the end—it's not as powerful a text as Tool-Being, since after Harman continues expounding his own "fourfold" of object ontology, dividing existence into sensual objects and their qualities, and real objects and their qualities, he gets into pretty extemporaneous territory.

That having been said, I've really enjoyed reading pretty much every book on speculative realism I've read because of the way the ideas provoke the sensual imagination. Filled with this p
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actually doing a better job of explaining Harman's OOO approach at times better than Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything. I still seem to fail to understand Heidegger references -maybe because I don't understand Heidegger-, but I'd say you'll get a real good sense of why everything is an object, how objects could be overmined and undermined and how they are not equal to their qualities. Graham Harman, Timothy Morton, Levi Bryant, Ian Bogost are fresh and intelligent OOO philosop ...more
Mitchell Chatfield
Dec 22, 2021 rated it liked it
The flow and lucidity (in my reading) of this ebbed and flowed. The Heideggerean recap I found to be generally quite good, leaning towards 4/5 stars. However the necessary but complex dive into the sensual/real split lost me. This wasn’t aided by the number of permutations which were addressed by name but not necessarily given a history (these came from the interactions between real objects (RO), sensual objects (SO), real qualities (RQ) and sensual qualities (SQ)).

In short, the recap of the la
Madison Delaney
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Absolute nonsense, convincing only for the first few pages before being a fascinatingly terrible answer to the nature of objects. Undermining and overmining? No, just mining, because understanding takes work. This book is simply an attempt to liberate philosophy from science by turning it into quietist, unhelpful, and ultimately questionable drivel. Amazing that OOO went anywhere with its founder making such guff.
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Objejt-orienteret ontologi er et super interessant og vigtigt pluralistisk ståsted i det 21. århundredes filosofi. Harmans bog er en god indgangsvinkel til det overordnede projekt. Han skriver dog alt for didaktisk til min smag. Men totalt respekt for, at han kører fire-folds-strukturen i gennem hele bogen, også kapitel-inddelingsmæssigt. Ret gennemført, som Platons dialogform også er det ift. hans dualistiske ontologi.
Zac ?̸̳̙͈̙́̌̈́̚͝͝ͅ
Harman has gained an unenviable reputation and one that for various reasons I suspect he deserves. Nevertheless, this book was quite interesting as far as hand-wavey phenomenological theory goes, if you want to get a concrete synopsis of what is really going on in Object-Oriented Philosophy this is probably a good bet.
Apr 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
The whole ontography stuff sounds like a waste of paper to me but the anti-transcendental idea that the opposition is not between man and world but between thing and relation is very interesting.
Unies Ananda Raja
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good book for a clear introduction to what Graham Harman's doing. From what I get, Harman is building his own system of metaphysics. It is a brave new way and I am anticipating to see more of him. Maybe Harman is the next big thing in philosophy. But, I don't know. The thing is I like his way of philosophizing. His writing is clear. He has no intention of making the reader bored, at all. His explanation of the system is vivid. But, there are many things to address and right now I don't really ...more
Maciej Sitko
All a bit weird and rather unfeasible.

This feels like it was written in 19th century along with Schopenhauer, who sided with Spinoza and created a post-Kantian monism where single will objectifies everything into phenomena, but instead, Graham sides with Leibniz, and splits everything into separate entities that objectify themselves as realities. This poses something badly shot, and crazy. He does feel more like an idealist rather than a realist; says that I cannot see things as they are, and th
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Helped me to clarify the ever confusing world of Husserl, Heidergger and Kant. A very appealing proposal to retake the object as a center for reflection and point of balance to the human self-centered way to see reality.
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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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