Posts Tagged ‘Alfred North Whitehead’

Whitehead in Latour

15 August 2011

In what is probably the first review of The Prince and the Wolf, Steven Shaviro discusses the interpretation of Whitehead by both Latour and Harman. Here is Harman’s response.

Telegrams from Claremont

3 December 2010

These are the kind of cables I like to see leaked: Graham Harman reporting live in telegraphic style from the Metaphysics and Things conference in Claremont, among others on Isabelle Stengers, Donna Haraway and the debate that ensued. Keep it up, Graham!

Towards Speculative Realism

10 November 2010

Graham Harman’s new book of old essays and lectures has just been published under the title Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures, by Zero Books. Its publication is a proper ANTHEM event, in the sense that this book deals with both actor-network theory and Heidegger, as well as Harman’s own attempt to build on both, through his object-oriented philosophy. Here are the contents:

    1. Phenomenology and the Theory of Equipment (1997)
    2. Alphonso Lingis on the Imperatives in Things (1997)
    3. The Theory of Objects in Heidegger and Whitehead (1997)
    4. A Fresh Look at Zuhandenheit (1999)
    5. Bruno Latour, King of Networks (1999)
    6. Object-Oriented Philosophy (1999)
    7. The Revival of Metaphysics in Continental Philosophy (2002)
    8. Physical Nature and the Paradox of Qualities (2006)
    9. Space, Time, and Essence: An Object-Oriented Approach (2008)
    10. The Assemblage Theory of Society (2008)
    11. Objects, Matter, Sleep, and Death (2009)

      Metaphysics and Things

      24 September 2010

      Check out the conference website for the Fourth International Conference of the Whitehead Research Project, entitled “Metaphysics and Things: New Forms of Speculative Thought,” at Claremont Graduate University on 2-4 December 2010.

      “This conference will provide the opportunity to identify and work through shared elements and problems, which have been developed by those working in the philosophies of A. N. Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze, Actor-Network-Theory, and Speculative Realism. The extensive work of Isabelle Stengers in its relation to Whitehead and Deleuze could be seen as indicative of the milieu which contemporary thought inhabits and the problems it is addressing. The importance of this major re-conceptualization of the demand for a renewed interrogation of the inter-relation of metaphysics and things is also evident in the work of Bruno Latour who has often discussed the importance of the work of both Whitehead and Stengers for his re-description of objects in terms of associations and networks. Speculative Realism has, recently, developed approaches to such questions which have a tensile but productive relationship with the concepts and approaches raised by Whitehead, Stengers, and Latour. This conference will include participants who are influential in all of these fields and its overall aim is to provide an open forum to further these important debates and to produce new modes of thought.”

      Confirmed conference participants include:

      • Isabelle Stengers (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
      • Donna Haraway (University of California at Santa Cruz)
      • Ian Bogost (The Georgia Institute of Technology)
      • James J. Bono (University at Buffalo)
      • James Bradley (University of Newfoundland)
      • Nathan Brown (UC Davis)
      • Levi Bryant (Collin College)
      • Didier Debaise (Max Planck Institute, Berlin)
      • Roland Faber (Claremont Graduate University)
      • Andrew Goffey (Middlesex University)
      • Michael Halewood (University of Essex)
      • Graham Harman (American University in Cairo)
      • Judith Jones (Fordham University)
      • Steven Shaviro (Wayne State University)

      Another Heidegger

      22 July 2009

      Check out Paul Ennis’s interview with Graham Harman on the anotherheideggerblog about, among other things, a metaphysics video game, writing and publishing advice, and, oh yes, Heidegger!

      On Heidegger’s tool analysis

      23 January 2009

      We have been fortunate here at ANTHEM to be treated a number of times in recent years to Graham Harman’s uncanny ability to abstract and summarise. He has just done it again, this time summarising his own philosophical position on his Object-Oriented Philosophy blog. At the same time in this post Harman also provides a very concise summary of his unorthodox reading of Heidegger’s tool analysis, which first appeared in Tool-Being (2002), and more recently in Heidegger Explained (2008). Harman draws on Whitehead and Leibniz to reinterpret Heidegger’s famous distinction between the ready-to-hand and present-at-hand, which in a number of ways brings him very close to actor-network theory (although some fundamental differences between his position and that of Bruno Latour remain, as he makes it clear). Highly recommended to anyone intrigued by the rift between (Heideggerian) phenomenology and ANT.

      The genealogy of weird realism

      7 January 2009

      Nick over at Speculative Heresy has posted 13 unpublished papers of Graham Harman that span more than a decade, shedding light on the trajectory leading to Harman’s object-orientated philosophy and his forthcoming book on Bruno Latour, The Prince of Networks. ANTHEM readers might be particularly interested in the earlier papers on Heidegger’s equipmentality and the initial assessments of Bruno Latour as a philosopher from 1999. There are also a number of other intriguing contrasts and fusions of philosophers such as Heidegger vs. Whitehead or Leibniz vs. Heidegger. There is even a paper on the resurrection of essence…

      On the Horrors of Realism: An Interview with Graham Harman

      7 June 2008

      The most recent issue of Pli – The Warwick Journal of Philosophy has an interview with Graham Harman “On the Horrors of Realism.” Harman speaks to Tom Sparrow about object-oriented philosophy, phenomenology, Kant, Husserl, Heidegger’s fourfold, Meillassoux’s correlationism, Lingis, Derrida and Foucault, DeLanda’s realism and Latour’s relationism, speculative realism, Whitehead, Leibniz, Zubiri, H.P. Lovecraft and China Miéville, and of course metaphysics. Harman speaks of weird things, about the horror of the real.


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