Most are probably aware of ridiculous resurgence of Derrida-hate, initiated by OOO mischaracterization of his work as just “writing about books” – the “conversation” since took off on a number of blogs and most points are the same: no, he was not writing about books. My only lesson here is the following: those who claims that Derrida (and the rest of correlationist mafia) is only writing about books, texts, signifiers, language and other human-centered phenomena are proposing that we break out of that mold and get to the things themselves.
Fair enough, I say.
As some have already pointed out neither Harman’s recent books nor Bryant’s upcoming book are going to be full of empirical research, surveys, original data and so on. Writing about things and their non-human interaction is just writing about things, not actually getting your hands dirty with things or any kind of real paradigm change.
All this nonsense about “armchair philosophy” is just that, nonsense – if you’re really into practical engagement with things/objects, then leave your “armchair” jobs and get to work.