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Toward an Object-Oriented Philosophy

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Apr 20, 2009
from 02:00 PM to 05:00 PM


Q201, Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield.

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This is a half-day workshop entitled ‘Object-Oriented Philosophy’. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the relevance and contribution of this perspective to our conceptualisations of information systems and technology in organisational contexts. Topics of discussion will include attempts to position Professor Harman’s contribution within the current debates in management/ organisation studies that revolve around materiality, practice theory, neo-institutionalist theory and elements of Actor Network Theory.

During this workshop PhD students will discuss a number of ongoing projects, including healthcare innovations and reconfigurations associated with the introduction of telemedicine systems, knowledge work and technologies involved in Ireland’s new Deep Brain Stimulation programme, and software development as distributed, collective work.

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We would be obliged if those interested in attending could signal their intention by emailing Peadar O Scolai.

<"The following excerpt is from Graham Harman's wikipedia entry":>

Through an interpretation of the tool-analysis of Heidegger's Being and Time, Harman sets out to develop what he calls an object-oriented philosophy. Taking the tool-analysis as the defining moment in twentieth-century continental philosophy, Harman finds in Heidegger the roots of a metaphysics of things which does justice to the things themselves. Although working from within it, he finds the broad history of phenomenology to be deficient in that it constantly subordinates the independent life of objects to our (human) access to them. Against the Kantian tradition, his object-oriented approach considers the neglected real life of objects to be fertile ground for a resurgent metaphysics. Emphasizing the notions of substance and occasional cause (see occasionalism), he affirms the autonomy of objects while aiming to reveal their shadowy underground life and covert interactions. Cutting across the phenomenological tradition, and especially its linguistic turn, Harman deploys a brand of metaphysical realism that attempts to extricate objects from their human captivity and uncover a strange new subterranean network of object relations.

Q201.jpg Room Q201, the Quinn Building, UCD Belfield campus.

On entering the foyer of the Quinn Building, look up. Room Q201 is the orange room suspended in the atrium above.

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