Weird Reality, Aesthetics, and Vitality in Education

Sevket Benhur Oral

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    This paper discusses the repercussions of a new metaphysics—speculative/weird realism—for education and pedagogy. A historic shift is taking place in present-day continental philosophy, which involves an explicit and renewed call for realism. One of the most salient features of this development is a revitalised interest in ontological questions. As part of this overall trend towards realist and materialist ontologies in current continental thinking, the paper particularly focuses on Graham Harman’s object-oriented ontology, which claims that aesthetics is first philosophy. Harman’s object-oriented philosophy is an approach to metaphysics and ontology that is enamored by the experience of the vibrant yet inscrutable autonomous reality of objects. In order to come to terms with this new approach to reality, I suggest education be conceived as the cultivation of an aesthetic attitude understood as the ability to uphold the tension between relational and non-relational aspects of objects understood in the Harmanian idiom.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)459-474
    Number of pages16
    JournalStudies in Philosophy and Education
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 11 Sep 2015


    • Aesthetics
    • Graham Harman
    • Object-oriented ontology
    • Subjectification
    • Vitality


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