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rhetorical throughput | digital digs
"One of the projects I have been regularly pursuing (and I’m certainly not alone in this) is investigating the implications of rhetoric’s disciplinary-paradigmatic insistence on a symbolic, anthropocentric scope of study and entertaining the possibilities of rethinking those boundaries. "
rhetoric  objects  symbols  philosophy  language 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Object Lessons
"Object Lessons is an essay and book series about the hidden lives of ordinary things, from St. Louis to deficiencies, psychologists to rocks. ↻ Series Editors: Ian Bogost and Christopher Schaberg"
books  publisher  objects  object-oriented-ontology  philosophy  metaphysics  infrastructure  series 
september 2015 by tsuomela
SPT v6n2 - Thing Knowledge - Function and Truth
"Elsewhere I have argued for a materialist epistemology that I call "thing knowledge." This is an epistemology where the things we make bear our knowledge of the world, on a par with the words we speak. It is an epistemology opposed to the notion that the things we make are only instrumental to the articulation and justification of knowledge expressed in words or equations. Our things do this, but they do more. They bear knowledge themselves, and frequently enough the words we speak serve instrumentally in the articulation and justification of knowledge borne by things."
epistemology  philosophy  objects  knowledge  embodied  cognition 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Tomgram: Crump and Harwood, The Net Closes Around Us | TomDispatch
"A future Internet of Things does have the potential to offer real benefits, but the dark side of that seemingly shiny coin is this: companies will increasingly know all there is to know about you.  Most people are already aware that virtually everything a typical person does on the Internet is tracked. In the not-too-distant future, however, real space will be increasingly like cyberspace, thanks to our headlong rush toward that Internet of Things. With the rise of the networked device, what people do in their homes, in their cars, in stores, and within their communities will be monitored and analyzed in ever more intrusive ways by corporations and, by extension, the government."
internet-of-things  surveillance  privacy  business  monitor  objects  government  big-brother 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Philosophies of Significance | Knowledge Ecology
"What Stengers, Latour, Haraway, and Whitehead have in common is a basic understanding that in order to account for the reality of values, we need an alternative metaphysics not based in the subjective-objective dichotomy, nor one that collapses the Real into either category. Latour’s newest work in An Inquiry into Modes of Existence (“AIME”) is itself an investigation into the ontology of values, as is Haraway’s more recent take on multispecies cosmopolitics. With Noë, cosmopolitics and AIME both seek to elevate the status of values rather than use them to attack the nature of the sciences. However, for the latter group the ontological status of values is much broader than what Noë hints at — though does not foreclose — in his commentary."
philosophy  ontology  values  subjectivity  objectivity  objects  subject  from instapaper
january 2014 by tsuomela
Research Object for Scholarly Communication Community Group
"Research investigations are increasingly collaborative and require ‘‘borrowing strength’’ from the outputs of other research. Conventional digital publications are becoming less sufficient for the scientists to access, share, communicate, and enable the reuse of scientific outputs. The need to have a community-wide container data model to encapsulate the actual research data and methods with all the contextual information essential for interpreting and reusing them is becoming more and more imperative, for the science, publisher, as well as digital library communities."
research  altmetrics  objects  scholarly-communication  communication  standards  w3c 
april 2013 by tsuomela
On the Intrinsic Value of Everything // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"On the Intrinsic Value of Everything Scott A. Davison, On the Intrinsic Value of Everything, Continuum, 2012, 150pp., $24.95 "
book  review  philosophy  value  axiology  intrinsic  objects  from delicious
august 2012 by tsuomela
digital digs: constructing academic knowledge
"What constructing ought to denote, but perhaps never will (hence Levi and Latour's calls for a new term), is that the knowledge we produce is another object in the world, made from other objects in the world (including us). As one object among many, the knowledge we produce does not capture/represent in some pure way other objects in the world. It isn't "true" in that sense. As academics we already accept this across the campus. However it also isn't "untrue" or operating in a separate, noncommunicating realm from other objects. It isn't purely discursive or purely social. " Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://www.alex-reid.net/2012/05/constructing-academic-knowledge.html
constructivism  knowledge  objects  discourse  assessment  academia  humanities  academic  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Democracy in Objects: Mereology and Exploded Views « Larval Subjects .
"Exploded view diagrams open up– a little –these black boxes so as to discern the multiple-composition that objects or units are as complexes of relations. What we discover is that every object is both a unit and a crowd of other objects or units."
object-oriented-ontology  objects  metaphysics  ontology  philosophy  world  emergence  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
What is a World? « Larval Subjects .
"Tim seems to conceive world as a container that entities are in. For me, by contrast, the world is anything but a container. Ultimately there are no containers, there are just relations between entities. And as a consequence, in the framework of my ontology, a world is nothing but a network of relations between structurally coupled entities. "
object-oriented-ontology  objects  metaphysics  ontology  philosophy  world  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Five Darwinian/Posthumanist Theses « Larval Subjects .
"It’s no exaggeration to suggest that Darwin’s account of speciation is the most revolutionary idea in the last two hundred years. In claiming this, I am not original, for this is also the thesis of Dennett in Darwin’s Dangerous Idea. I will never have words fine enough to capture the greatness of Darwin, but nonetheless it is important to at least attempt the articulation of what is so revolutionary in his thought." Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http://larvalsubjects.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/eight-darwinianposthumanist-theses
evolution  ideas  object-oriented-ontology  objects  intellectual  history  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
echovar » Blog Archive » A Permanent Sense of Asymmetry: Watching the Non-Human Enter
"As Morton points out, in the age of ecology there is no clean transaction you can walk away from. The fact that everything is connected isn’t something you can turn off when it’s inconvenient. There’s always something still owed, a remaining debt. Morton describes this as the viscous quality of the hyperobject, the more you know about it the more it sticks to you. And as Graeber shows, capital fails to capture the full extent of a transaction because it doesn’t fully represent the object. In the social context of the transaction, there’s always a remainder, the market never fully clears. At the level of capital and pricing, the numbers always add up, but the object of the transaction is broadcasting on multiple frequencies. And if you hold the concept of capital in abeyance for just a moment, you’ll find there were many more parties to the transaction than you had assumed, and if you listen closely, you can hear that the non-human has continued its relationship with you. "
ecology  economics  transaction  exchange  commons  debt  capital  relationship  gifts  meta-analysis  fundamental  objects  object-oriented-ontology  literature  poetry  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
Jones - No knowledge but through information
"This article argues for the following: 1. Information is a thing to be handled and controlled
information  knowledge  knowledge-management  pim  pkm  objects  substance  ontology  epistemology  philosophy  from delicious
october 2011 by tsuomela
Mathematical Platonism | Philosophy Now
If one ‘goes Platonic’ with math, one has to face several important philosophical consequences, perhaps the major one being that the notion of physicalism goes out the window.
philosophy  mathematics  objects  metaphysics  physical 
june 2011 by tsuomela
Anna Peterson, Environmental ethics and the social construction of nature | PhilPapers
"Nature can be understood as socially constructed in two senses: in different cultures’ interpretations of the nonhuman world and in the physical ways that humans have shaped even areas that they think of as “natural.” Both understandings are important for environmental ethics insofar as they highlight the diversity of ways of viewing and living in nature. However, strong versions of the social constructionist argument contend that there is no “nature” apart from human discourse and practices. This claim is problematic both logically, insofar as it fails to deconstruct the notion of culture, and ethically, insofar as it categorically privileges human activities and traits."
paper  philosophy  environment  objects  constructivism 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Routine objections « ANTHEM
"There is an interesting debate unfolding on the pages of the current issue of the Journal of Institutional Economics, a special issue on Business Routines (Vol. 7, issue 2). It appears to mark the moment when institutional economics and the economic theory of the firm first encountered actor-network theory and its allies (unless I’d missed that moment happen somewhere else already)."
actor-network-theory  organizations  economics  objects 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Harvard Holism - Brainstorm - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The split between evolutionists who think that selection is for and only for the individual, and those who think that the group often comes first and foremost, goes back to the two men who discovered natural selection—Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Darwin always thought in terms of individuals, even when it comes to humans (I have discovered a letter making this point very clear), and Wallace always thought that often selection favors the group."
history  evolution  kin-selection  objects  groups  species  holism  reductionism  school(Harvard)  intellectual 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Museum Materialities: Objects, Engagements, Interpretations (Paperback) - Routledge
"This is an innovative interdisciplinary book about objects and people within museums and galleries. It addresses fundamental issues of human sensory, emotional and aesthetic experience of objects. The chapters explore ways and contexts in which things and people mutually interact, and raise questions about how objects carry meaning and feeling, the distinctions between objects and persons, particular qualities of the museum as context for person-object engagements, and the active and embodied role of the museum visitor. "
book  publisher  museology  museum  objects  materiality  education  informal  learning 
april 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Social networks as aggregators
"This passage emphasizes quite a few themes that have been important throughout UnderstandingSociety -- the heterogeneity of social phenomena, the difficulty of formulating a clear understanding of social ontology, and the challenge of representing the processes of aggregation through which individual social actions contribute to mid- and large-scale social outcomes.

So how do the analytical resources of network theory contribute to a better understanding of the ways that actions aggregate into outcomes?"
sociology  social  theory  objects  network-analysis  networks  scale 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The Valve - A Literary Organ | OOO! – So That’s What You Mean
"The real, then, is that which holds open the potential for the new. We can never fully know what’s real. The more we look, the more we see. Endlessly. It’s turtles all the way down, but not quite the same turtles. They keep morphing. And become doves.

All the way down.

And, that, I believe, is what object oriented ontologists are driving at when they make these strange assertions about how objects are withdrawn, how they withhold themselves – not merely from us (for it’s not about us at all, this is not us-oriented ontology, after all) – but from one another. There’s always more object there. Our nervous system can never fully assimilate an object, a real object, to its familiar patterns – which is, incidentally, what nervous systems are ‘designed’ to do, more or less, but not always, not in emergencies.

Objects are withdrawn. They withhold themselves. There’s always something more."
objects  speculative-realism  philosophy  object-oriented-ontology  ontology 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Why some social network services work and others don’t — Or: the case for object-centered sociality :: Zengestrom
" the term ‘social networking’ makes little sense if we leave out the objects that mediate the ties between people. Think about the object as the reason why people affiliate with each specific other and not just anyone. For instance, if the object is a job, it will connect me to one set of people whereas a date will link me to a radically different group. This is common sense but unfortunately it’s not included in the image of the network diagram that most people imagine when they hear the term ‘social network.’ The fallacy is to think that social networks are just made up of people. They’re not
social-media  social-networks  theory  objects  purpose  analysis  community  network 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Object-ness, enthusiasm and challenges « event mechanics
"There is an incorporeal translation, effected by the mobilisation of the enthusiast, from an object and set of objects that appear to be a ‘problem’ into the object and set of objects that belong to the enthusiast proper as the objects become part of a ‘challenge’. The movement from ‘problem’ to ‘challenge’ is not necessarily a transformation of the object in any normative sense, it is part of the event of enthusiasm. The tangibility appreciated by the enthusiast is a direct result of the appreciation of objects according to the challenges they pose as invitations to mobilisation. Enthusiasts ‘read’ objects according to a semiotics of force and affect. A car enthusiast can ‘read’ how much ‘work’ has gone into a car, how many hours or effort have been required to properly massage a body panel or build and test an engine or even merely to clean a car properly. "
emotion  affect  enthusiasm  hobbies  leisure  serious  amateur  objects 
april 2011 by tsuomela
The museographer and the object
"the room also reminded me of the degree to which being in a house filled with things makes me think differently about the history of medicine. This might not exactly be a groundbreaking insight, but is bears repeating often. The material environment we occupy is foundational for our cognitive states."
museum  objects  curation  material  culture  history  awareness 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Radical Culture in Ruby: The Gender, Fetish and Race of Programming « Shanley's Place to Share Things
"This a thought experiment in examining programming communities as cultural, semiotic and socioeconomic artifacts. The main goal is to explore the analysis of emerging languages outside of technical criteria, which while imperative, often fail to explain the complex causes and consequences of trends in our sector. It focuses on Ruby as an example of radical culture functioning as a constructive agent of code. "
computer  programming  objects  sts  gender 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Oxford University Press: The Global Covenant: Robert Jackson
"The Global Covernant is a ground-breaking work by one of the leading scholars in international relations that rejuvenates the classical international society approach, and brings it into contact with the new era of world politics."
book  publisher  international  politics  political-science  global  objects  society 
march 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Granularity
"Twentieth century thinking in the social sciences has generally continued this trend. What makes social science "scientific" is rigorous attention to empirical characteristics of the social world. There is generally even less patience with large philosophical theories of society and history. A good theory isn't of much interest unless it can be closely tied to particular bodies of empirical observation. It is hard to think of a 20th-century sociologist who took up the Comtean project of comparing the course of civilizations. And there is a growing consensus that the focus of social research needs somehow to capture the behavior of situated actors within socially specific arrangements -- in other words, a refinement of focus towards the more particular arrangements."
social-science  methodology  scale  granularity  objects  sts  sociology  history  academic 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Heavy, rough and hard – how the things we touch affect our judgments and decisions | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine
When you pick up an object, you might think that you are manipulating it, but in a sense, it is also manipulating you. Through a series of six psychological experiments, Joshua Ackerman from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has shown that the properties that we feel through touch – texture, hardness, weight – can all influence the way we think.
psychology  bias  objects  perception  research  embodiment 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Linda Wetzel - Types and Tokens: On Abstract Objects - Reviewed by Stephen Kearns, Florida State University - Philosophical Reviews - University of Notre Dame
In her short book, Types and Tokens, Linda Wetzel defends the thesis that types exist. Wetzel's main argument for the existence of types may be summarized as follows. We refer to and quantify over types in many different areas (in everyday life, in linguistics, in physics, etc.). Furthermore, at least some of the claims we make when referring to or quantifying over types are true. This is sufficient for the existence of types. Therefore, types exist. She then counters some nominalist responses to this argument (that, for example, such apparent reference to types is merely a façon de parler) and ends with the beginnings of a positive theory of types and their relation to tokens.
philosophy  ontology  metaphysics  type-token  realism  abstract  objects 
january 2010 by tsuomela
The Strange Ontology of Signs « Larval Subjects .
In experimenting with the idea of treating signs as replicators, I am basically pushing signs in the direction of a reduction to sign-vehicles and semiotic-objects, getting rid of the interpretant that treats the signs as a type over and above instances of the sign
philosophy  objects  speculative-realism  semiotic  signs  replication  memes 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Speculative Realism Round-Up: 7/16 « Larval Subjects .
Part of a series of posts on modernism, philosophy, speculative realism.
philosophy  critical-theory  objects  speculative-realism  realism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Realism and Speculative Realism « Larval Subjects .
Part of a series of posts on modernism, philosophy, speculative realism. On the relation of speculative realism to literature: names Calvino and Ben Marcus. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Flarvalsubjects.wordpress.com%2F2009%2F07%2F13%2Frealism-and-speculative-realism
philosophy  critical-theory  objects  speculative-realism  realism  literature  about(ItaloCalvino) 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Object-Oriented Realism « Larval Subjects .
Part of a series of posts on modernism, philosophy, speculative realism.
philosophy  critical-theory  objects  speculative-realism  realism  about(BrunoLatour) 
july 2009 by tsuomela

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