Cover

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pp. 1-7

Contents

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pp. vii-9

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1. Alien Phenomenology

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pp. 1-34

When the weather is clear, the Sandia Mountains to the east of Albuquerque drip the juices of their namesake fruit for a spell each evening, ripening quickly until the twilight devours them. At the range’s southern foothill, apple trees take the place of watermelons....

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2. Ontography: Revealing the Rich Variety of Being

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pp. 35-59

King Aethelberht II, the ruler of East Anglia, was executed by Offra of Mercia in 794. There was a time when many held the opinion that Offra led an early unification of England, and indeed Offra did contribute to the expansion of Mercia from the Trent River valley...

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3. Metaphorism: Speculating about the Unknowable Inner Lives of Units

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pp. 61-84

These and other interactions between objects constitute different moves in the material world. From our human perspective, they correspond with actions we know well: smoking, shifting, or cooking. Traditionally, a human’s first-person experience of such interactions...

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4. Carpentry: Constructing Artifacts That Do Philosophy

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pp. 85-111

As I drove home one sultry July afternoon, I listened to Tony Cox host an episode of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. The segment was titled “Writers Reveal Why They Write,” a subject inspired by a Publishers Weekly series in which authors mused about...

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5. Wonder

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pp. 113-134

In his blog-turned-best-selling-humor-book Stuff White People Like, Christian Lander explains that, whenever possible, white people prefer not to own a television. They do so, says Lander, precisely so they can report indignantly about their refusal to own a set when water...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 135-136

For their support, guidance, and inspiration: Graham Harman, Levi Bryant, and Tim Morton. For feedback, helpful conversations, and new directions: Michael Austin, Katherine Behar, Jeffrey Bell, Nathan Brown, Hugh Crawford, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Patricia...

Notes

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pp. 137-145

Bibliography

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pp. 147-153

Index [Includes Image Plates]

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pp. 155-166