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PS If you are interested in Bennett, you'll en...

2010-05-06T07:27:05.670-04:00

PS If you are interested in Bennett, you'll enjoy this brief post by Graham Harman, where he writes:

But back to Bennett for a second… The most important principle we share is that it’s not enough to say that the world is “resistant” or “recalcitrant” to the human subject (that’s her way of putting it, which I found quite appealing). If you take that step, you’re simply adding a bit of darkness and occlusion to the same old human-world pair that was made central by Descartes and fixed in cement by Kant.

To really get out of the human-world correlate, you have to be able to say something about “world-world” relations too: or rather, thing-thing relations...

In other words, I don’t think the problem with correlationism is simply that it’s human and world, as though bringing non-humans in can fix things. Shifting from (cor)relationism to simple relationism is already a refreshing step, but still leaves the central problem untouched. There are too many pitfalls that arise when you think a thing is only what it is for other things, without reserve.