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Manifesto and lexicon for onticology

by on February 24, 2013

While poking around Levi Bryant’s blog just now, I found what look to be a couple useful resources on onticology.

  • Onticology — A Manifesto for Object-Oriented Ontology, Part I and Part II. A more direct explication of Bryant’s particular blend of OOO.
  • A Lexicon of Onticology. A very nice little glossary with definitions of a lot of the terminology used throughout Democracy of Objects.

The lexicon, in particular, is very handy. And the variety of responses in the Manifesto comments section make for good reading on their own.

  1. traviswmatteson permalink

    Thanks for posting this. I think the mere fact that Bryant terms this a “manifesto” speaks to the efficacy of his version of OOO (onticology) for political…speculation, perhaps. Bryant quotes Bogost’s polemic about the humanities, which contained this nugget: “We do not want to speak to nor interact with the world.” Are the humanities “withdrawn” in Harman’s sense of the word? And if so, can we use Bryant’s more vivid version of object relations (they must be able to perturb one another) to revitalize the humanities? I think a little perturbation would be good for us.

  2. I still think the humanities spend their time obsessing over the unknowable real object and if anything, I see OOO and SR as furthering the futility of literary criticism in that sense. If anything, I think the two taken at face value completely belittle the humanities (not that it needed the help). I guess I should try to understand the social and political implications of such a philosophy first (I have been casually reading Žižek’s article from The Speculative Turn trying to do just that), which Bryant is certainly beginning to touch upon.

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