“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Robert Jackson on Harman on Meillassoux

I haven't read Graham's new book yet. But I've read his reviews, and they are as Jackson says: extremely well crafted summaries of an argument along with (and I love Jackson's use of this term) prudently mobilized engagements.

So here is Rob on Graham's book. It's a great example of how to do a post, I reckon. You learn something. Take away line, for me:

By ... following where the rabbit hole goes (so to speak) into renewing the in-itself, both arrive at spectacularly different conclusions. Meillassoux arrives at a Virtual God and an immanence of effects without causes, Harman arrives at an object that cannot be exhausted and speculates that causes have no effects, (or as its known, the logical premise of a dormant object).

Nicely done mate. 

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