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Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing

Ian Bogost


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, and artificial intelligence. Yet the vast majority of the stuff in our universe, and even in our lives, remains beyond serious philosophical concern. This book develops an object-oriented ontology that puts things at the center of being—a philosophy in which nothing exists any more or less than anything else, in which humans are elements but not the sole or even primary elements of philosophic ... More

Keywords: philosophical thinking, environmental philosophy, posthuman studies, object-oriented ontology, experimental phenomenology, alien phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816678976
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816678976.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Bogost, author
Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is also Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independentgame studio, and a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic.

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