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Precariousness and Philosophical Critique: Towards an Open-Field Combat with Harman’s OOO

André Arnaut
Published Online: 2019-09-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2019-0024


Philosophical critiques are prone to relapse into a sort of entrenchment in which the basic elements of a philosophy are kept from exposure, so that instead of advancing, philosophy easily becomes compartmentalized into specific trends. This article thus seeks the conditions of a non-entrenched, open-field philosophical critique in general and, in particular, of an open-field critique of Harman’s OOO (object-oriented ontology). For that purpose, the idea of precariousness is introduced, which is then confronted with some ideas concerning philosophical critique and practice, in particular those of François Laruelle. Since we can find in Harman’s OOO an outline of what we call here an open-field critique, the field of combat against Harman will be the one concerning the idea of an open field itself.

Keywords: metaphilosophy; critique; metaphysics; flat ontology; non-philosophy; Graham Harman; François Laruelle


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About the article

Received: 2019-05-31

Accepted: 2019-08-21

Published Online: 2019-09-18

Published in Print: 2019-01-01

Citation Information: Open Philosophy, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 312–323, ISSN (Online) 2543-8875, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2019-0024.

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© 2019 André Arnaut, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Public License. BY 4.0

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