Guerrilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things

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Open Court, Aug 31, 2011 - Philosophy - 280 pages
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The current fashions in both analytic and continental philosophy are staunchly anti-metaphysical. There is supposedly no way to talk about the world itself — the philosopher is confined to antiseptic discussions of language, or of other modes of human access to the world. In this provocative work, Graham Harman expands the discussion from his previous book, Tool-Being, arguing for a theory of "the carpentry of things" — a more accessible way of viewing the world that incorporates ideas from Husserl, Levinas, Lingis, and other philosophers.

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Graham Harman is moving contemporary philosophy ahead in the only way you probably could... considering the widest possible subject matter (which he makes weird case is objects), ending the quest for absolute knowledge, and instead approaching an ontology built up from sincerity (i.e. not undermining, overmining, or duelmining objects, as he explains).
This is a great and thrilling read, of course.

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in two words: sheer charlatanism.


Part One The Carnal Phenomenologists
Part Two Setting the Table
Part Three Quadruple Philosophy

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Professor Graham Harman is an assistnat professor at the American University in Cairo where he teaches philosophy. While earning his Ph.D. from DePaul University, he worked as a sportswriter, in which capacity he interviewed such figures as Sammy Sosa and Bobby Knight.

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