"This book needs to be read by many different audiences since it is not only fascinating but also of considerable significance. As the task of thinking through things as actors in their own right according to Ian Bogost’s maxim ‘all things exist, yet they do not exist equally’ becomes a real intellectual project so the implications of this stance start to multiply. In turn, they begin to produce the outlines of a landscape in which things aren’t just are. Rather, they form an active cartography which is always and everywhere—an alien ontography." —Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick
Ian Bogost is professor of digital media at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His most recent book is How to Do Things with Videogames (Minnesota, 2011).
This may seem like anthropomorphism or panpsychism, but Bogost defends himself well against those claims.
If you are worried about it being a dense working of philosophy then you can relax: although there are complex ideas in here they are expressed well.
What he's actually saying doesn't matter because, `Things are independent from their constitutive parts while remaining dependent on them.'
In Alien Phenomenology, Bogost creatively and insightfully provides a handful of applications of the bourgeoning field of continental philosophy that has gone under the moniker... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patty
This is an extremely well written book about looking at things from an entirely different perspective. However, that perspective is totally uninteresting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JB
This book stays in the four-star category because the writing is interesting (although it tastes like cigarettes, unfortunately: that's what I say when there are a few cigarette... Read morePublished 18 months ago by N. Coppedge
Even if you have no interest in OOO, the chapter on carpentry is inspiring and essential for anyone practicing in philosophy or art (or the culinary arts, or engineering, or... Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I read this on a flight from Portland to Amsterdam. It was either that or watch Jurassic Park 3. I'm glad I read it because Jurassic Park 3 isn't even in 3D.Published on April 29, 2012 by Carlton T. Honeycutt
This book probably will succeed as a vehicle for advancing the author's career towards a tenured academic position and generating discussion within the inbred, semiotically closed... Read morePublished on April 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer