The Democracy of Objects
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The Democracy of Objects


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 thought of Roy Bhaskar, Gilles Deleuze, Niklas Luhman, Aristotle, Jacques Lacan, Bruno Latour and the developmental systems theorists, Bryant develops a realist ontology that he calls “onticology”. This ontology argues that being is composed entirely of objects, properties, and relations such that subjects themselves are a variant of objects. Drawing on the work of the systems theorists and cyberneticians, Bryant argues that objects are dynamic systems that relate to the world under conditions of operational closure. In this way, he is able to integrate the most vital discoveries of the anti-realists within a realist ontology that does justice to both the material and cultural. Onticology proposes a flat ontology where objects of all sorts and at different scales equally exist without being reducible to other objects and where there are no transcendent entities such as eternal essences outside of dynamic interactions among objects.

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Title:The Democracy of Objects
Edition Language:English
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    The Democracy of Objects Reviews

  • Rego Hemia
    Jul 22, 2012

    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 (...

  • Adam
    Sep 19, 2014

    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: thi...

  • Mjhancock
    Jul 25, 2012

    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. A...

  • Sterling Hall
    Apr 24, 2012

    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 f...

  • Robert
    Jan 08, 2012

    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.......

  • Egor Sofronov
    Mar 02, 2013

    Haven't read that poorly written prose for a while. The introduction and the first chapter were enough. ...

  • David
    Jul 22, 2013

    Essential reading...