“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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

OOO Grad Class Expanded Schedule

It will be in Voorhies 308, UCD, for those of you who will be there physically. I'm going to add those of you who are remotely auditing to the SmartSite asap.

Object-Oriented Ontology
Professor Tim Morton

Voorhies 308, Mondays 3.10pm to 6pm.
Office hours: Voorhies 211, T 10am–11, R 9–10am.

Philosophy has undergone a radical change. Reality is back on the table, in a different, strange and sometimes threatening (to humans) way. This change comes after two hundred years of consensus, a consensus that philosopher Quentin Meillassoux calls “correlationism”: the supposition that humans can only think reality as it is correlated to them. This thought has affected everything, from Kant through deconstruction.

In this class we shall survey the bracing new thought that goes under the name speculative realism, and in particular, its feisty subset, object-oriented ontology. This new thinking now affects areas as diverse as ecology, dance, sculpture, computer games, architecture, art criticism, media theory, design and geography. It will soon be making a strong impact in literary studies with a special issue of New Literary History devoted to object-oriented ontology (OOO). It has already had a big impact in medieval literary studies, with scholars such as Eileen Joy and Jeffrey Cohen spearheading the way.

This new philosophy movement is intertwined with new media. The journal Speculations is one of a number of free online publications in speculative realism. Many texts and talks are available as blog posts and in other online media.

Speculative realism is powerfully congruent with the emerging ecological crisis, since it tries to think reality outside the human–world correlate.

Tim Morton is one of the four core exponents of the subset known as OOO.

Ian Bogost, Alien Phenomenology (U of Minnesota Press, 2012) (proofs available on request).
Levi Bryant, Graham Harman and Nick Srnicek, eds., The Speculative Turn (2011; available as a free pdf download from re.press).
Levi Bryant, The Democracy of Objects (Open Humanities Press, 2011; free download).
Graham Harman, Towards Speculative Realism (Zero Books, 2011).
Graham Harman, The Quadruple Object (Zero Books, 2011).
Tim Morton, Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities Press, forthcoming; final draft available on request).
Tim Morton, “Sublime Objects.” (Free for download at Speculations.)
Tim Morton, “Here Comes Everything.” (Available on request.)
Tim Morton, “Objects as Temporary Autonomous Zones,” Continent. (Free download at the journal's website.)

Requirements: one presentation, three short papers (1000 words each), topics to be decided between teacher and student. They could be modular (work towards two or three conference papers or single essay), or not.
Presentation: 15 minutes on one text: introductory, raising questions (don't have to answer questions!).

Class 1. Rendezvous.

Class 2. Correlationism: the turn away from things.
Graham Harman, “Object-Oriented Philosophy,” in Towards Speculative Realism.
     Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason.
     Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude.

Class 3. Phenomenology: return of the thing (or not).
    Edmund Husserl, Logical Investigations.
    Jose Ortega y Gasset.

Class 4. Heidegger: tool-being and the history of metaphysics.
    Martin Heidegger, Being and Time.
    _____, What Is a Thing?

Class 5. Withdrawal: the essence of OOO.
    Graham Harman, Tool-Being.
    _____, The Quadruple Object.

Class 6. Causality: some implications of OOO.
    Graham Harman, Guerilla Metaphysics.
    Tim Morton, Realist Magic.

Class 7. Flat Ontologies: styles of OOO.

Class 8. Materialisms.
    Tim Morton, “Here Comes Everything.”

Class 9. Aesthetics.

Class 10. Politics.
    Tim Morton, “Objects as Temporary Autonomous Zones.”

1 comment:

Jason Bradford said...

This will be spectacular!