Thursday, September 02, 2010

OOOO gleanings

Levi kindly asked me to write an essay for the OOO anthology. Mine is called "BuddhistObjects." I happen to be here on this retreat with a few moments to ...]

I’ve lately been trying to start understanding Speculative Realism, a contemporary movement within “continental” philosophy. Speculative Realism is of particular interest to me because, it seems, it is one of the first philosophical movements whose social network is focused on the Web. (One of its leading thinkers, Graham Harman, has his own regularly updated blog.) This is not yet the future I’ve been starting to imagine where the Web replaces universities and book publishing as philosophy’s institutional locus, since most if not all Speculative Realists are academics. Still, it’s an interesting first step.]

This particular discussion has set me into thinking about my not-so-academic interest in Aurobindo as doubtful, as it indeed has nothing to do with my thesis, but is so very crucial to my understanding of Speculative Realism and ... at 10:37 AM]

[Object-Oriented Orientalism THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Fine post from Amod concerning Speculative Realism, Ayn Rand (of all people), and the permutations of philosophy in China and India. He points out that Rand positions herself as a strong critic of Kant for some of the same reasons that the Meillassoux-inspired critique does: its too-strong separation between the human mind and the world of objects. Rand felt that in conceding that the mind could not grasp "the things themselves," Kant had surrendered to the forces of irrationalism; from here, it was spitting distance to the psychologism that Frege diagnosed in Husserl's first work, for instance.]

Oriental linkages with OOO can turn out to be a vibrant stream, but Oriental-OOO (OOOO) is a different branch altogether. The advantage is instead of scouring obscure tracts in weighty tomes for testimony, one can leisurely glean from the commonly used proverbs. [TNM] 

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