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Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything

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What is reality, really?
Are humans more special or important than the non-human objects we perceive?
How does this change the way we understand the world?

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
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Published March 1st 2018 by Pelican
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May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
After commenting in my last review that I like personal recommendations as the basis for reading classic fiction, here is an example of the opposite behaviour. I saw 'Object-Oriented Ontology' while browsing in the library and didn’t know what the title meant, but it was a cute little Pelican edition and I fancied a bit of philosophy, so I borrowed it. As it turns out, I’m not as wholly unfamiliar with the concept of object-oriented ontology as I thought, as I’ve come across Timothy Morton in ...more
Alice Farmer
Feb 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Why is Harman so retarded
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Harman has done alot for speculative realism, and his writing is clear and accessible for philosophy. In putting his thought together, however, I begin to see how much I personally diverge from the Object Oriented Ontology side and reconfirm myself firmly on the more materialist wing of speculative realism. This was probably not the intention of the author.

I greatly enjoyed reading this book and am appreciative of all the author has done, but I cannot help but feel that an inability to escape
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
A sad effort to concoct something novel. Graham Harman writes clearly and this allows one to see the absolute pointlessness of OOO. We can follow his recommendation and consider an object 'everything which cannot be reduced to its parts and which is less than it's effects' and that consideration will leave everything as it was. It is a harmless effort and the chapter on aesthetics has a clever meditation on the asymmetry of metaphors. A better title for this cutely designed pelican paperback can ...more
Ireneo Funyes
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Normalde non-fiction kitapları yıldızlamıyorum ama Graham Harman özel bir muameleyi hak ediyor. Hayatımda okuduğum açık ara en net yazılmış, anlatmak istediğini birebir anlatan, hatta biraz romantik bir iddiada bulunayım, en güzel felsefe kitabı. The Quadruple Object de aşağı kalmıyor, yalnızca bu kitap ortalama okura hitap etmek üzere yazıldığı için daha bir ilgi çekici. Amerikan İç Savaşı'nı case study olarak kullandığı bölüm hariç en ufak bir kusuru yok kitabın (o da benim ABD'nin o ...more
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heimspeki
"Hlutir eru meira en efniviður sinn, en minni en áhrifin sín"- Graham Harman.

Hið fullkomna inngangs/yfirlits rit fyrir alla þá sem vilja kynna sér hlutlæga verufræði. Harman tekst að útskýra grunnhugmyndir hlutlægrar verufræði á afar skýran máta og nær virkilega vel að setja hana í samhengi hugmyndasögu heimspekinnar með því að vísa í aðra hugsuði til samanburðar. Einnig tekst honum afar vel að benda manni í margar mögulegar áttir ef maður vildi kynna sér aðra hugsuði sem að eru að pæla í
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a true believer in the interconnectedness of everything, this book is (has become) as the ground beneath my feet. It is a more constructed and refined version of Harman's ideas in The Quadruple Object, putting not the human being but the object -which is everything existing including human beings- in the middle of the ontology and entangling their complex qualities and interrelations.
It is sad to see that his theory is almost completely misunderstood through a literalist narrowmindedness,
Myat Thura Aung
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since Kant, things-in-themselves have haunted us that we can never grasp things as they really are. OOO contends that there is nothing special about it since objects withhold themselves not just from human access, but from each other as well. The interaction between two objects is always mediated and hence there is never a direct access. The withdrawal of objects from us is merely a corollary of this axiom.

But what is an object ? An object is to be understood whatever that cannot be reduced to
Michael Sussman
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I was eagerly anticipating this book, but ultimately found it disappointing. I feel that Harman took a defensive approach, spending far too much of the text fending off attacks and differentiating OOO from other philosophical approaches, rather than clearly laying out the tenets and implications of this interesting approach to understanding the world.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Harman is a distressingly popular self-obsessed charlatan

ross wolfe gets it:
Tom Pepper
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well-written and useful book. For those of us who’ve been hearing about OOO for a few years now, and couldn’t quite get what it was all about, this book should clear things up.
On the positive side, it is great to see that there is some movement attempting to resume metaphysics, and get out of the dismal swamp of reductivism and extreme relativism. When we forget that “objects” really do have essences and structures that are more than just their enabling conditions, we forfeit any real hope of
Patrick O'Hearn
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a nice introduction to the sort of questions OOO asks and attempts to answer. However, the book does not do much philosophical heavy-lifting, justifying OOO per se. I hope to find other texts, possibly by Harman, that do so.
Darcy French
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the book that got me hooked into new realist philosophy, and I can't rate it more highly. Now reading it a second time. It's well written, insightful, humble, and I really think it is one of the best contributions to philosophy there's been in a long time!
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super interesting, super easy to read, yet still complex.
Inspired reading more about design and art
Jed Mayer
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an admirably clear introduction to an interesting and challenging philosophical approach to the world. I ultimately remain unconvinced by the ethical value of this approach, although figures like Timothy Morton and Ian Bogost have directed it towards meaningful ends. While a flat ontology, one of OOO's cornerstones, seems a potentially liberating way of considering the world non-hierarchically, Harman's approach often worries me in its tendency towards a flat politics in which nothing ...more
Joel Adams
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
// ok intro — but I found myself wanting to read the books discussed in this book than the thing itself
Jan 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
An intensely frustrating little book, but I’m going to defer judgement on Harman until I've read Tool-Being. Too bad it's only on page 255 that Harman is clear about his intentions with this particular text:

"You have now reached the end of the first comprehensive book on ooo aimed at a wide general readership.”

I don’t think there is such a thing as a general readership and what’s more, I don’t believe Harman does either. However I do believe he knows his target audience would identify as such.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
If I could give this book 0 stars I would do so unhesitatingly. Harman fails to exhibit even the barest iotas of philosophical rigour or charity. His readings of other philosophers, where they (and this is indeed a rarity) display even a pitiable modicum of accuracy fail without exception in their targeted criticisms. Most upsetting of all is that in the midst of his misreadings and poorly posed criticisms, Harman and his cabal can simply retreat behind these farcical notions of 'hyperbolic ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My mental ability to keep up with the dense information and ideas in this expansive text notwithstanding, Harman has written a definitive account of all things OOO that explores its roots, its direction, its applicabilities, and how it works through various an intriguing examples and analogies—be cautioned: this may lead you to randomly binging documentaries on the American Civil War.

Significantly, this is a work about OOO that is cushioned in the modern. Harman accounts for philosophers and
Luis Vega verástegui
Very well written

Harman provides to his lector a very good presentation of OOO’s movement. He starts by giving a very concise structural description of his realistic ontology, to then expand it towards its social and political implications, finalizing by exhibiting the wider reach of this movement among philosophers and artists.
Some very interesting ideas here, but a lot of stuff that I don't feel equipped to assess. I truly don't understand the assertion that philosophy is totally rooted in aesthetics, but I also have read very little philosophy, so yeah. A fun read if not like, an intensely rigorous or rewarding one.
James Payne
Well-written, lucid, informative.
Kevin Dunn
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great introduction to the basic form and ideas of OOO
Francis Harvey
A bumpy start, but some very accessible and deep reflections in later chapters. A book to reread!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this book is more accessible for people who are familiar with Continental philosophy. Personally, it is a hard read.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Going to put this one on hold. I don't really get it or find it that helpful.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Real good book ngl
Jonathan Perks
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second attempt at this book. Fascinating read about the philosophy of being - specifically objects and perception and though. Fits neatly with the hermeneutics book by Caputo. Will read again.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
First comes Latour, and then this book which is a clear comparison.
Bradley D'Amato
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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 ...more