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Neither Substance Nor Process I: Anti-Reductionism

Jon Cogburn

in Garcian Meditations: The Dialectics of Persistence in Form and Object

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474415910
eISBN:
9781474434942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415910.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The first chapter focuses on Garcia’s arguments against reductionism, with (i) an explanation of Garcia’s affirmation of ontological liberality, and (ii) a discussion of Garcia’s important ... More


Garcian Meditations: The Dialectics of Persistence in Form and Object

Jon Cogburn

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474415910
eISBN:
9781474434942
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415910.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Tristan Garcia holds that what makes something some thing is its resistance to reductionism, the attempt to explain it in terms of its constituents and relations to other things. For Garcia, ... More


Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U.S. Fiction

Matthew Mullins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190459505
eISBN:
9780190459529
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459505.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book re-examines the orthodoxies of literary postmodernism in light of recent theoretical developments such as new materialism, Actor-Network-Theory, object-oriented philosophy, and, to a lesser ... More


Geophilia: The Love of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The first chapter examines geophilia, a shared desire between humans and stones for endurance, creativity, and art.


Gold

Graham Harman

in Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory beyond Green

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679973
eISBN:
9781452948737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679973.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter follows the fortunes of one specific object that is both widely prized and universally known: gold. It examines the long history of gold from cosmic eons predating humans and considers ... More


Epilogue Disassembling Melancholy

Drew Daniel

in The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823251278
eISBN:
9780823252701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823251278.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter explores the question of melancholy as “matter,” explains how and why melancholy still matters, and where it continues to circulate. It first reviews the various definitions of the ... More


Interface Layer

Benjamin H. Bratton

in The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029575
eISBN:
9780262330183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter discusses the fifth of six layers in The Stack, the Interface layer. The chapter outlines a typological history of interfaces, from the mechanical and the iconic to the haptic and the ... More


Force: The Adventure of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Force” investigates how stone works as both a magnet, drawing attention and desire, and a propulsive force, disrupting and moving just when we assume bedrock to be still.


Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Stone maps the force, vivacity, and stories within our most mundane matter, stone. For too long stone has served as an unexamined metaphor for the “really real”: blunt factuality, nature’s curt ... More


Introduction: Stories of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The introduction maps how a geologically-inflected materialism opens new literary vistas. It discusses Job, Aldo Leopold, Bruno Latour, Graham Harman, Sisyphus and others of geological note.


Time: The Insistence of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Time” looks at deep time as understood now and in the Middle Ages, detailing how fossils arrive into history rich with stories of cataclysm and a call to inventiveness.


Soul: The Life of Stone

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

“Life” considers how some people have been locked into a Stone Age by others in order to dispossess them, then details how stone’s liveliness provides a countermovement and queer vitality.


Politics and Law as Latourian Modes of Existence

Graham Harman

in Latour and the Passage of Law

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748697908
eISBN:
9781474416061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697908.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter presents Graham Harman’s assessment of a vital, highly disputed, frequently perplexing contrast, namely that of the trajectories of political and legal enunciation. With an air of ... More


Afterword: Iceland

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Iceland offers a lesson of stone’s impermanence: it moves like any liquid, restless and ephemeral.


Excursus: A Heart Unknown

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Stone’s function as human memorial is discussed.


Excursus: Geologic

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The author explores Scotland and ponders how stone represents a people’s history.


Excursus: The Weight of the Past

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780816692576
eISBN:
9781452950785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692576.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The author explores Bordeaux, Paris, and Montparnasse and contemplates stone’s legacy in the city.


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