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  • Alien Phenomenology

    Ian BOGOST, Alien Phenomenology, or What It’s Like to Be a Thing.
    2012

    Humanity has sat at the center of philosophical thinking for too long. The recent advent of environmental philosophy and posthuman studies has widened our scope of inquiry to include ecosystems, animals, & artificial intelligence. Yet the vast majority of the stuff in our universe . . . remains beyond serious philosophical concern. In Alien Phenomenology, Ian Bogost develops an object-oriented ontology that puts things at the center of being. . . .

    And unlike experimental phenomenology or the philosophy of technology, Bogost’s alien phenomenology takes for granted that all beings interact with and perceive one another. This experience, however, withdraws from human comprehension and becomes accessible only through a speculative philosophy based on metaphor.

    Providing a new approach for understanding the experience of things as things, Bogost also calls on philosophers to rethink their craft. Drawing on his own background as a videogame designer, Bogost encourages professional thinkers to become makers as well, engineers who construct things as much as they think and write about them.

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