A Preponderance of Objects: Critical Theory and the Turn to the Object

Alastair Morgan

Abstract


This article critically examines the turn to the object in contemporary philosophy, particularly through an examination of the object-oriented philosophies of Graham Harman and Bruno Latour. I pose the question as to how Adorno’s philosophical project can aid a critical examination of contemporary realist ontologies. Using insights gleaned from Adorno’s critical philosophy, I claim that any “turn to the object”, needs to continue to critically engage with subjectivity and conceptuality. Finally, I consider the question of critique, and outline a project for a critical materialist philosophy that nevertheless emphasises the “preponderance of the object.” 


Keywords


Objects, ontology, realism, critique, subjectivity, Theodor W. Adorno

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