Thursday, July 22, 2010

Larval Subjects has the table-of-contents of Levy Bryant's upcoming book The Democracy of Objects.

I recall when software went through its object-oriented revolution, starting in the late 1980s. It had a significant effect in how software was developed and taught. I still have one of the higher-level (not all C++) books from that time, Peter Coad's Object-Oriented Analysis (1989) which reached back to Aristotle for a foundation of objects with classes, attributes, instances, and so on. Thinking about software in those terms was a revolutionary change, a Kuhnian paradigm shift. What strikes me about things object-oriented in philosophy today is that objects are discussed in terms of philosophers like Kant, Hegel, Deleuze, and Zizek, and the discussion has no effect outside academia. Perhaps philosophers need to return to Aristotle to have an impact.
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