Ontology is the philosophical study of existence. Object-oriented ontology ("OOO" for short) puts things at the center of this study. Its proponents contend that nothing has special status, but that everything exists equally—plumbers, cotton, bonobos, DVD players, and sandstone, for example. In contemporary thought, things are usually taken either as the aggregation of ever smaller bits (scientific naturalism) or as constructions of human behavior and society (social relativism). OOO steers a path between the two, drawing attention to things at all scales (from atoms to alpacas, bits to blinis), and pondering their nature and relations with one another as much with ourselves.

Bringing some of its foundational figures together for the first time, this inaugural Object-Oriented Ontology Symposium marked an effort to brew a new flavor of post-continental philosophy for the twenty-first century.

Recent Submissions

  • Concluding Remarks 

    Stafford, Barbara (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04-23)
    Barbara Maria Stafford is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, Emerita, at the University of Chicago. Her work explors the intersections between the visual arts and the physical and biological sciences ...
  • Cakes, Chips, and Calculus 

    Bogost, Ian; Crawford, Hugh; DiSalvo, Carl; Johnston, John; Stafford, Barbara; Thacker, Eugene (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04-23)
    For decades, scholars in the liberal arts have relinquished wonder to the natural sciences, and then swooped in ostentatiously to blame their awe on false consciousness. Science and engineering gets things wrong too, ...
  • Being is Flat: The Strange Mereology of Object-Oriented Ontology 

    Bryan, Levi; Crawford, Hugh; DiSalvo, Carl; Johnston, John; Stafford, Barbara; Thacker, Eugene (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04-23)
    Levi Bryant is a Professor of Philosophy at Collin College. In addition to his book on Deleuze's Philosophy, Difference and Givenness: Deleuze’s Transcendental Empiricism and the Ontology of Immanence, Bryant is co-editor ...
  • The Universe of Things 

    Shaviro, Steven; Crawford, Hugh; DiSalvo, Carl; Johnston, John; Stafford, Barbara; Thacker, Eugene (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04-23)
    I would like to suggest that taking objects seriously, affirming their independent existence, recognizing that every object or entity has its own "perspective" without reductionism and without correlationism entails some ...
  • American Objects vs. Austrian Objects 

    Harman, Graham; Crawford, Hugh; DiSalvo, Carl; Johnston, John; Stafford, Barbara; Thacker, Eugene (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04-23)
    This lecture aims to place present-day object-oriented ontology (OOO) in historical context. The recent appearance of this movement in continental philosophy has led some to ask how it differs from the theories of objects ...
  • Welcome 

    Telotte, Jay P.; Bogost, Ian (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04-23)