Objection-Oriented Philosophy


Now that I have followed the various threads of argument that run through Harman’s work and uncovered some specific problems with them, it’s time to consider the pattern that these threads weave as a whole, and draw some general conclusions about Harman’s philosophical system. The surface flaws we have encountered in the argumentative patchwork that serves to justify OOP point back to a number of much deeper conceptual tangles responsible for their proliferation. These knots of questionable assumptions often serve to lend Harman’s system a certain stability in the face of the fickle winds of casual criticism, but a more thorough and sustained approach can untie them, and thereby reveal both their problematic character and the vital lessons they teach us about how not to construct our own philosophical tapestries…