Monday, November 01, 2010

Ontology overrides content

[on temperaments in philosophy from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek (Graham Harman)
but if all philosophy were denunciation I can say for sure that I would never have chosen philosophy. This is why I can only enjoy Richard Dawkins for about 5 pages at a time, usually when he’s speaking of specific facts I never knew about, because I simply grow tired of his deep need to ridicule the benighted and the gullible of the earth.]

Harman has fried some crisp impressions of the following 12 philosophers whereas Richard Dawkins, justifiably, turns out to be the odd man out:
Heidegger, Levinas, Gadamer,
Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard,  
Deleuze, Zizek, Meillassoux,
Badiou, Agamben, & Latour.

Bright stars as they are of the 20th Century in the firmament of human thought, their works will continue to sway minds for a very long time, but none of them can strictly be identified as an ontologist, not even Heidegger. That title goes to Whitehead, and of course, Sri Aurobindo. [TNM] 

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