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Thing Theory

Clark, Nigel (2007). Thing Theory. Human Studies: A Journal for Philosophy and the Social Sciences, 30(4) pp. 471–477.

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This article is an extended review of Graham Harman's Heidegger Explained: From Phenomenon to Thing. The paper explains Harman's argument that Heidegger's famous broken tool incident - the account that introduces a critique of presence based on the withdrawn dimensions of things - has a much greater relevance than is usually imagined. It explores Harman's extrapolations from Heidegger to rethink the very nature of objects - or things in themselves, their relations to each other, and their own unfathomable inner being. The paper goes on to note the implications of this argument for thinking more generally about relationality, space, and the more-than-human.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 Springer Science+Business Media BV
ISSN: 0163-8548
Extra Information: Book review essay
Keywords: Graham Harman; Heidegger; objects; tool being; philosophy; relationality; space
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 26421
Depositing User: Nigel Clark
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 09:36
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 20:27
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