Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
IAS Emergence of Experience Lecture: Professor Graham Harman [American University in Cairo] 'The flat ontology of emergence' [A co-production with the Centre for Medical Humanities]
Professor Graham Harman is Professor at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and a contemporary philosopher of metaphysics.
Object-oriented philosophy begins by insisting that objects, at all scales, must not be reduced either downwards to their smallest components (undermining), upward to their observable effects (overmining), or both of these simultaneously (duomining). Most schools in the history of Western philosophy have either performed such reductions explicitly, or lapsed into them eventually despite contrary intentions. But given that all literal explanations of objects require either undermining or overmining methods, we seem to be left with little to say about objects once we discard both of these tools. Here I will address this theme, explaining how to talk about objects without making them disappear in favor of either their components or their effects.
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