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Redefining Technics: Architecture and Graham Harman’s Philosophy of Technology


The purpose of this reading group is to provide an introduction to Graham Harman's (b.1968) work in "Speculative Realism" and "Object-Oriented Ontology." The aim of this reading group is to elucidate Harman’s philosophy of technology as it relates to architectural ideation and production. We will work to define the primary terms of his philosophy and place them relative to architectural and artistic innovation, buildings as technical objects as well as the technical-social-vital regimes in which architecture is inscribed and participates. Secondary source material from Heidegger, Simondon, and miscellaneous thinkers in contemporary architectural discourse will be introduced.

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Convenors: Prof. Michael Jemtrud and keith [dot] ragsdale [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Keith Ragsdale)
Meeting times: Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00am: 14, 28 January, 11, 25 February, 11, 18 March.
Room 21-6, 3610 McTavish St.