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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (September 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780992521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780992525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Graham Harman is Associate Provost for Research Administration and Professor of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1968, the first of three sons of hippie parents who met at a Rolling Stones concert in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree from the classical liberal arts program at St. John's College, Annapolis (1990). His Master's Degree was done at Penn State (1991) under the renowned philosopher Alphonso Lingis, and focused on Levinas. He completed his Ph.D. at DePaul University in Chicago (1999), with a dissertation that became his first book. While finishing his doctoral studies, he worked as a Chicago sportswriter from 1996-98. In September 2000 he began work in the Department of Philosophy at the American University in Cairo. Egypt has become his base for travel to more than 60 countries and the composition of ten books in less than a decade. He is very fond of animals, and became a vegetarian for ethical reasons at the age of 7.

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Graham Harman is Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo.



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*Prince of Modes: Bruno Latour's Later Philosophy (in preparation)

*Skirmishes: With Friends, Enemies, and the Dead (in preparation)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Cook on March 13, 2013
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I intend to expound on the merits of this text elsewhere at greater length, but I shall say right now that Harman has done a great job examining the aesthetics of our favorite misanthropic pulpsmith. Harman does not examine the philosophical implications of Lovecraft's work but of his language and how he uses language, an examination that takes us to the core of what good writing can and cannot do and what the weird should actually be used for in fiction. The word Weird does not just mean strange, but the unknowable, as in the blank Viking rune Wyrd or The Weird Sisters of Shakespeare's Macbeth. How does an author make known the unknowable? Why is it important for us to do so? Read on and find out much more. There's a lot to gain from this book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Juan Duchesne-Winter on November 24, 2012
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I give five stars to this book because it is an instance of a philosopher really thinking with a literary work instead of applying his philosophical system on it as some kind of testing instrument of truth, or using the work to illustrate a point or two about his system. Philosophy and Literature converge here on a tangential, but fruitfull encounter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P K on July 27, 2013
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The combination of philosophy and literary criticism is very interesting and original. I thought I knew a lot about Lovecraft, but this opened new ways of reading.
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