Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Graham Harman’s Schopenhauerian moment

[Gratton responds on Derrida from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek
When I was 25, it was possible to get really drunk on a new book, to feel sensations of euphoria and to feel that the world was turned-upside down. A decade and a half later, it’s not the same thing: I can really admire and appreciate and be stunned by new books, but it’s no longer ever like falling crazily in love. I have my own position now, so I’m immediately sizing up strong and weak points of any book I read in what I hope is a fairly balanced fashion, not thinking: “oh man, this is it” like at 25. So in a sense, it’s too late for me to be a convert to anything.
11:57 AM]

Graham Harman’s wistful nostalgia for his youth decodes as a mild strain of midlife crisis seeping in. In the next few years, the meaning of life question is likely to torment him more often. Then he will be compelled to split his “position” into two logical streams:

  1. Career oriented ontology (COO) - as a teacher, author, and blogger; &
  2. Truth seeking ontology (TSO) - for his own life and personal growth.

The former, evidently, will harden further consistent with his present admission. But in the second arena, he can keep his options open. He may start with familiarizing himself with Indian philosophy and savor his Schopenhauerian moment, but avoid digging too deep into the black hole.

Right away, then, he can take a flight to Sri Aurobindo to fathom the director behind the universe of objects/actors. The speculative turn, thus, may turn out to be the spiritual turn, as happened in the case of Roy Bhaskar, and it’s not a bad proposition either. [TNM 1:00 PM ]

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