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Garcian MeditationsThe Dialectics of Persistence in Form and Object$
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Jon Cogburn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474415910

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415910.001.0001

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Neither Substance Nor Process I: Anti-Reductionism

Neither Substance Nor Process I: Anti-Reductionism

(p.10) 1 Neither Substance Nor Process I: Anti-Reductionism
Garcian Meditations

Jon Cogburn

Edinburgh University Press

The first chapter focuses on Garcia’s arguments against reductionism, with (i) an explanation of Garcia’s affirmation of ontological liberality, and (ii) a discussion of Garcia’s important supplementary arguments against the view that some putative entities are not things. The first few sections of the chapter contain an analysis of Garcia’s argument against what Graham Harman calls overmining and undermining. Both philosophers’ efforts are tied to contemporary work concerning reductionism in analytic philosophy. This discussion motivates (i) a brief presentation of Harman’s account of Heidegger’s “readiness-to-hand”, (ii) a discussion of capacity metaphysics, and (iii) Garcia’s differential ontology of objects. In this manner, Garcia’s central motivation and broad picture are situated with respect to recent trends in continental philosophy, particularly speculative realism and object-oriented ontology.

Keywords:   capacity metaphysics, Tristan Garcia, Graham Harman, Heidegger, overmining, speculative realism, Meinongianism, object-oriented philosophy, undermining, reductionism

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