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BY 4.0 license Open Access Published by De Gruyter Open Access May 22, 2019

Object-Oriented Baudrillard? Withdrawal and Symbolic Exchange

Matthew James King
From the journal Open Philosophy

Abstract

By comparing Object-Oriented Ontology (OOO) and Baudrillard through the lens of a study of the notion of withdrawal in Heidegger’s tool analysis and “The Question Concerning Technology”, this article explores the extent to which an Object-Oriented Baudrillard is possible, or even necessary. Considering an OOO understanding of Mauss’s gift-exchange, a possible critique of duomining in Baudrillard and a revision of Baudrillard’s understanding of art, the prospects of a new reading of Baudrillard and interpretation of OOO’s genealogy are established. These lines of comparison qualify the role of withdrawal in Baudrillard and symbolic exchange for OOO, and lead towards the conclusion that an Object-Oriented Baudrillard is possible, but may not, conversely, be considered necessary.

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Received: 2019-02-04
Accepted: 2019-03-13
Published Online: 2019-05-22

© 2019 Matthew James King, published by De Gruyter Open

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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