Carnegie Mellon University

Center for the Arts in Society

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Fine Arts

October 23, 2012

Non-Relational Aesthetics

An Object-Oriented Look at Contemporary Art

Non-Relational Aesthetics

Presented by The School of Art and the Center for the Arts in Society

Graham Harman is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Provost for Research Administration at the American University in Cairo. His work is engaged with the development of what he calls an object-oriented philosophy. Starting with the tool-analysis of Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time, Harman calls for a new metaphysics of things which emphasizes the autonomous existence of objects. He is the author of ten books including Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects, Guerrilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things, Heidegger Explained: From Phenomenon to Thing, Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics, Towards Speculative Realism: Essays and Lectures, Circus Philosophicus, The Quadruple Object, Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making, The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE and Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy.

Tuesday, October 23 @ 5 pm in Kresge Theater (College of Fine Arts Building, 1st floor)