Continental philosophy turned towards Deleuze in the mid-1990's, and then towards Badiou and Žižek early in the present century. What both phases have in common is a general fatigue with the phenomenological underpinnings still found even in deconstruction. Harman claims that Husserl and Heidegger still represent the high-water mark of continental philosophy, and that the way forward in the continental tradition is to radicalize rather than dodge the basic discoveries of phenomenology.
This seminar will take the form of a very brief lecture followed by an extended period of discussion.
*Produced in collaboration with the inimitable BABEL Working Group.
Location: Van Alen Institute, 30 W 22nd St, between 5th and 6th ave (in Manhattan).
The best preparation for this discussion is to read Harman's new book, The Quadruple Object, published by Zero Books.
Supplementary reading material includes, TIME, SPACE, ESSENCE, AND EIDOS: A NEW THEORY OF CAUSATION in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, vol. 6, no. 1, 2010.
Graham Harman is associate provost for research administration and professor in the Department of Philosophy at The American University in Cairo. He is the author of nine books, most recently The Quadruple Object (2011) and Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making (2011). He is the editor of the Speculative Realism book series at Edinburgh University Press, and (with Bruno Latour) co-editor of the New Metaphysics book series at Open Humanities Press. In addition, he is the author of the blog, Object-Oriented Philosophy.