Tom Sparrow on ontology, from Plastic Bodies
If Heidegger’s ontology represents a form of correlationism—it
would seem that this is how Levinas understands it, although the point
is contentious—then Levinasian metaphysics challenges correlationism
in the name of an infinity which exceeds the subject-object relation. The
challenge operates as a response to what Levinas perceives as the inability
of Heideggerian ontology to accommodate otherness, infinity, alterity—that
is, to think beyond being. This may not be a failure of ontology in general,
however, but a failure only of correlationist ontology. An ontology that
surpasses correlationism might not meet the usual Levinasian criticism.
Indeed, what Levinas provides, I think, is a non-correlationist ontology,
although he is reluctant to call it ontology for fear that his work will be read
too closely to Heidegger’s. Putting this worry aside, we may surmise that
ontology is not intrinsically reductive, violent, or unethical.
There's hope then.