object orientated ontology

For my own reference I attempted to compile the most complete list of published books on speculative realism, object-oriented ontology, new materialisms, and associated work and I figured I would share it. I also include in this list works from feminist materialisms, because they are important for providing a fuller genealogy for contemporary research, and those authors that are harder to classify together but generally write on nihilism, pessimism, and eliminationism. For the moment I’ve left off Francois Laruelle, who is still very confusing to me, and accelerationist authors like Nick Land and McKenzie Wark. The tags are my own and don’t necessarily reflect how the authors self-identify.

Graham Harman – Object-Oriented Ontology

Tool Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects (1993/2011)

Guerilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things (2011)

Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics (2009)

Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures (2010)

Circus Philosophicus (2010)

The Prince and the Wolf: Harman and Latour at the LSE (2011)

Quentin Meillasoux: Philosophy in the Making (2011)

The Quadruple Object (2011)

Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012)

Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism (2013)

Levi Bryant – Onticology/Machine-Oriented Ontology

The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism, Edited with Nick Snricek and Graham Harman (2011)

The Democracy of Objects (2011)

Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media (2014)

Timothy Morton – OOO, Ecology

Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics (2009)

The Ecological Thought (2012)

Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (2013)

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World (2013)

Ian Bogost – OOO, Game Studies

Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing (2012)

Quentin Meillassoux – Speculative Materialism

After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency (2009)

The Number and The Siren: A Decipherment of Mallarme’s Coup De Des (2012)

Ray Brassier – Eliminative Materialism

Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction (2010)

Iain Hamilton Grant – Naturphilosophie

Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (2008)

Jane Bennett – Political Theory, Vitalism

Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2009)

Reza Negarestani – Eliminative Materialism, Theory-Novel

Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials (2008)

Ben Woodard – Naturphilosphie, Nihilism, Pessimism

Slime Dynamics (2012)

On an Ungrounded Earth: Towards a New Geophilosophy (2013)

Steven Shaviro – Film Studies, Process Thought

Without Criteria: Kant, Deleuze, Whitehead, and Aesthetics (2009)

William Connolly – Political Theory, Pluralism

A World of Becoming (2012)

The Fragility of Things: Self-Organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism (2013)

Paul J. Ennis

Post-Continental Voices: Selected Interviews (2010)

Continental Realism (2011)

Adrian Johnston – Transcendental Materialism

Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism: The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy (2013)

Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers (2014)

John Protevi – Deleuze, Science Studies

Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic (2009)

Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences (2013)

Eugene Thacker – Media Studies, Horror, Dark Vitalism

After Life (2010)

In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy Vol. 1 (2011)

Thomas Ligotti – Horror, Nihilism, Anti-Natalism

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror (2012)

Diana Coole and Samantha Frost – Political Theory, New Feminist Materialisms

New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency, and Politics (2012)

Stacy Alaimo – New Feminist Materialisms

Ed. Material Feminisms (2013)

Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (2010)

Bruno Latour – Actor Network Theory

We Have Never Been Modern (2012)

Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory (2007)

An Inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns (2013)

Adam S. Miller - Theology

Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology

Dylan Trigg – Phenomenology, Horror

The Aesthetics of Decay: Nothingness, Nostalgia, and the Absence of Reason (2006)

The Memory of Place: A Phenomenology of the Uncanny (2013)

The Thing: A Phenomenology of Horror (2014)

Tom Sparrow – Phenomenology, Horror

Levinas Unhinged (2013)

The End of Phenomenology: Metaphysics and the New Realism (2014)

Peter Gratton

Speculative Realism: Problems and Prospects (2014)

w/ Paul J. Ennis, The Meillassoux Dictionary (2014)

Tristan Garcia

Form and Object: A Treatise on Things (2014)

Elizabeth Grosz – New Material Feminisms, Deleuze

Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (1994)

The Nick of Time: Politics, Evolution, and The Untimely (2004)

Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art (2011)

Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth (2012)

Donna Haraway – Cyborg Theory, New Feminist Materialisms

Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (2003)

When Species Meet (2013)

Rosi Braidotti – Nomad Theory, Deleuze, New Feminist Materialisms

Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics (2006)

Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory (2011)

Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (2013)

The Posthuman (2013)

Karen Barad – Agential Realism, New Feminist Materialisms

Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning (2013)

Manuel DeLanda – Deleuze, Realism, Science Studies

A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History (2000)

A New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory and Social Complexity (2006)

Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason (2011)

Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy (2013)

Isabelle Stengers – Process Thought

Thinking with Whitehead: A Free and Wild Creation of Concepts (2011)

Cosmopolitics I (2010)

Cosmopolitics II (2011)

Rick Dolphijn and Iris van der Tuin

New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (2012)

recent trends in philosophy

Note: This list/outline was created by a professor I respect very much on the topic of new/recent trends in philosophy and theory. The professor said this list was, “a brief overview of recent work in post-postmodernism.” Don’t let the term “post-postmodernism” turn you off or anything, he just used it as a place-holder for lack of a better term. 


 -Badiou’s work (along with other neo-Lacanians and neo-Marxists such as Zizek) has accelerated certain trends and also showed certain critical limitations within modern European philosophy

-The trends that he has helped to accelerate are: the turn to ontology and the return to radical politics

-The critical limitations within his work and modern European philosophy as a whole: Eurocentrism and anthropocentrism

1. The neo-Nietzscheans:
a. Following Badiou, the general sense is that the phenomenological tradition is exhausted (Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida)
b. A return to the Nietzschean heritage is needed
c. Among the leaders of this approach are: Bataille and Deleuze
d. The leading thought here is immanence (think abandoned nature and humans after the death of God)
e. Key contemporary thinkers are DeLanda and Henry
f. The political version of this thought is outlined in Hardt and Negri, Virno, and Agamben

2. SR/OOO (Speculative Realism/Object Orientated Ontology)
a. Ontology is now back on the radar
b. Even though postmodernism pays lip service to ontology, it places a premium on ethics and politics
c. This opens the door to people who believe that the same kind of focus and rigor needs to be applied to ontology
d. There are various versions of this return to ontology
e. Graham Harman (post-Heideggerian)
f. Meillassoux (post-Badiouan)
g. Ian Hamilton Grant (post-Lyotardian)
h. Ray Brassier (neo-materialist)

3. Decolonial
a. The radical political and neo-Marxist aspects of post-postmodernism are not radical enough according to some critics
b. The stories that are told about history and emancipation distort the real history of capitalism
c. There is a colonial dimension to the development of capitalism as a world system and modernity as a worldview
d. And colonialism is essentially genocidal, destructive, and needs to be left behind
e. Fanon: “the European game is definitely finished. It’s necessary to find something else”
f. The task is to limit/stop capitalism and modernity, create space for other ways of living, and recover alternative ways of knowing (epistemology), viewing the world (ontology), relating (ethics), organizing social life (politics), and so on
g. Fausto Reinaga, “Neither Marx nor Christ, we need to think with our own heads”
h. The most influential thinkers in philosophy along these lines are Fanon, Walter Mignolo, Anibal Quijano, Enrique Dussel, and Maria Lugones

4. Post-anthropocentrism
a. Derrida raises the idea that Western metaphysics and culture is not just about the European white man (race, gender, culture) but also about the European white male human

b. But the critique of anthropocentrism is dropped by Badiou and Zizek and co. in the name of what can only appear to be a kind of dogmatic anthropocentric voluntarism

c. Recent theorists and activists work on this limit and try to push beyond it in view of animals, nature, and the non-human/post-human more generally