For those who are interested in the recent philosophical movement of object-oriented ontology or the closely related field of speculative realism, the following videos available on YouTube should be of some interest. Clicking on the links below will open a new tab and take you to YouTube.
I’ll begin this list of videos/audio files with Graham Harman talking at the prestigious European Graduate School (EGS). These videos of presentations that Harman delivered in 2013 and 2014 are excellent introductions to the basic framework of speculative realism. Harman (2013) / Harman (2014)
Graham Harman again, but this time in a less guarded state. The interviewer asks some direct questions about the political and ethical implications of speculative realism and Harman’s responses are enlightening. Another interesting moment worth paying attention to is the way in which Harman talks about his recollection of the Egyptian revolution(s).
Alenka Zupančič is a Lacanian philosopher and social theorist based as a full-time researcher in the philosophy department of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. In this talk given at EGS, Zupančič examines the intersection between speculative realism and Lacanian psychoanalysis. To my mind, this talk is one of the most considered responses to the work of the contemporary French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux.
Levi Bryant is Professor of Philosophy at Collin College, Texas. In this talk, perhaps with more than a nod to the work of Gilles Deleuze, Bryant introduces “machine-oriented ontology.” The consequence of the shift from object to machine seems worthy of further investigation. Bryant maintains a blog, Larval Subjects, dedicated to his musings on object-oriented ontology. It is recommended to all those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Bryant’s own view of things (Larval Subjects).
Do you have any suggestions to add to this list? I’ll add to this list as I find videos or audio files worth linking to…