Crash Course in OOO

After Object Oriented Ontology came up in class today I thought I’d post some resources for anyone interested in getting started (they roughly go from basic intro to in-depth discussion).

Ian Bogost’s post on “What is Object Oriented Ontology?

The rather good Wikipedia entry.

Two posts, one from Levi Bryant, the other from Graham Harman, on how the field has evolved online.

Bogost (game designer a theorist), Bryant (philosopher), and Harman (philosopher) are three of the most recognised figures in the field, the fourth being Timothy Morton (English professor specialising in ecology) who blogs HERE.

My two favourite book length works on OOO so far are Harman’s Tool-Being and Harman and Bruno Latour’s discussion at the LSE The Prince and the Wolf. That said I haven’t had a chance to read Bryant’s The Democracy of Objects yet and it looks great.

The Prince and the Wolf is published by the excellent Zer0 Books who’ve put out some fantastic and timely political works (I really enjoyed The Meaning of David Cameron and Capitalist Realism). They have a unique company ethos that you can read about, but the first part of their manifesto is well worth replicating here:

Contemporary culture has eliminated the concept and public figure of the intellectual. A cretinous anti-intellectualism presides, cheerled by hacks in the pay of multinational corporations who reassure their bored readers that there is no need to rouse themselves from their stupor. Zer0 Books knows that another kind of discourse – intellectual without being academic, popular without being populist – is not only possible: it is already flourishing. Zer0 is convinced that in the unthinking, blandly consensual culture in which we live, critical and engaged theoretical reflection is more important than ever before.



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