Touching Without Touching: Objects of Post-Deconstructive Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology

  title={Touching Without Touching: Objects of Post-Deconstructive Realism and Object-Oriented Ontology},
  author={S. Mickey},
  journal={Open Philosophy},
  pages={290 - 298}
  • S. Mickey
  • Published 2018
  • Philosophy
  • Open Philosophy
Abstract This paper presents a juxtaposition of the understanding of objects in Jean-Luc Nancy’s postdeconstructive realism and Graham Harman’s object-oriented ontology, particularly with reference to their respective notions of touch. Nancy incorporates a tension between the phenomenological accounts of touch and embodiment given by Merleau-Ponty, who focuses on the relationality of the flesh, and Levinas, who focuses more on non-relational alterity. Furthermore, Nancy does not accept the… Expand
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