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The Logos Journal

Graham Harman’s Four Positional Wars


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Student at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Address: 27–4 Lomonosovsky prospekt, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow, Russia. E-mail:

This article addresses several themes from Graham Harman’s book Prince of Networks: Bruno Latour and Metaphysics, excerpts from which were translated into Russian. The author aims to uncover the reasons behind Harman’s interpretation of readiness-to-hand and presenceat-hand in Heidegger. The confrontation between object-oriented philosophy and materialistic tendencies in contemporary philosophy (including the so-called “philosophy of the virtual” of Gilles Deleuze and his successors) is reviewed and analyzed. The dilemma of occasionalism and skepticism (empiricism), which is one of the most recurrent themes in Harman’s texts, is also looked at. At first glance, these topics have little to do with each other. However, the author supposes that there are hidden common problems underlying these topics.

Keywords: Graham Harman, Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze, object-oriented ontology, relationism, materialism, occasionalism

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