EcoTone 1: I object, it certainly does matter

Following Robert and Paul‘s lead, this is my abstract for the EcoTone event:

Recent movements towards a renewed focus on objects within philosophy are far more than just an intellectual fad or even metaphysical debate. Object-oriented ontology has the potential to be a radical critical method. Its stress on the actuality of objects, connected and nested within other objects allows a reappraisal of the essence and technological determinism that can contribute to a renewed political praxis. When combined with a concern for what Jane Bennett has called vibrant matter, OOO allows a new ecological perspective and potentially a new crtical practice. This paper seeks to bring Graham Harman’s OOO and Bennett’s new materialism into alignment to investigate what happens when these two objects connect.

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