Date and time: April 12, 2014, 21:15
Place: LAB111, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam
Further info: www.festivaldrift.nl/en/.
Deleveling: Against ‘Flat Ontologies’
The resurgence of metaphysics in recent Continental philosophy has been accompanied by an enthusiasm for “flat ontologies”. Leveling traditional metaphysical hierarchies, such as those of universal and particular or nature and artifice, that unyokes appearance from reality and treats all entities as equally real. Most importantly, having leveled the ontological difference between the human and the non-human, flat ontologists revoke the privileging of the human, and affirm the “post humanist” fusion of thinking with feeling and of politics with ethology. I will argue that the wholesale leveling indulged in by flat ontologists is mired in philosophical confusions that lead to rampant anthropomorphism in metaphysics and to complacent liberalism in politics.
Dr. Ray Brassier is currently working as Associate Professor of Philosophy on the American University of Beirut. The topics he is working on include rationalism, philosophy of mind, materialism, and naturalism. He is the writer of the book “Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction’’ from 2007.