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The Democracy of Objects

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Since Kant, philosophy has been obsessed with epistemological questions pertaining to the relationship between mind and world and human access to objects. In The Democracy of Objects, Bryant proposes that we break with this tradition and once again initiate the project of ontology as first philosophy. Drawing on the object-oriented ontology of Graham Harman, as well as the ...more
Published September 2011 by Open Humanities Press (first published 2011)
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Rego Hemia
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, scholarly
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
Sep 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Sterling Hall
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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'
Jessica Maginity
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This only gets three stars because I have very mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I think it will be quite useful for me in the future, in some ways. On the other, I don't know how successfully it walks the line between accessibility and subtlety/academicness/too lazy to come up with word to say what I mean. It felt really redundant and simplistic to me in some parts, and then in the last chapter he expected me to have the patience to walk through a series of expressions in symbolic logic ...more
Egor Sofronov
Mar 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Haven't read that poorly written prose for a while. The introduction and the first chapter were enough.
Jan 08, 2012 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....
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