Phenomenology and Process Ontology: Evan Thompson, Merleau-Ponty, Whitehead, and the Growing Together of the Flesh of the World

I had a friendly exchange yesterday with the cognitive scientist and philosopher Evan Thompson about his debate earlier this year with another cognitive scientist Owen Flanagan. The two distinguished thinkers disagreed about whether physicalism as currently understood can provide an adequate account of consciousness. I wanted to revisit several of the themes Evan and I [...]

Audio from “Here Comes Everything”: A Speculative Realism Panel @ CIIS (4/8)

Conference put on by the Interdisciplinary Dialogue Forum, a student group in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at CIIS. The History of Access: An Introduction to the Speculative Turn - Sam Mickey and Adam Robbert Ganga – River, Goddess, Thing - Elizabeth McAnally The Astonishing Depths of Things - Sam Mickey Objects in Action: Promiscuous Applications of [...]

Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Ontology

I've just finished part one of Guerrilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things, Harman's treatise on the relationship between the phenomenology of Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Lingis and his object-oriented approach to philosophy. He is motivated by a desire to direct our attention to the things themselves, the independently existing objects of the world. It [...]