Object-Oriented Philosophy

Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon's New Clothes

Peter Wolfendale

October 2014
Postscript by Ray Brassier
Paperback 115x175mm, 430pp.
ISBN 978-0-9575295-9-5


How does the patience and rigour of philosophical explanation fare when confronted with an irrepressible desire to commune with the object and to escape the subjective perplexities of reference, meaning and sense?

Moving beyond the hype and the inflated claims made for 'Object-Oriented' thought, Peter Wolfendale considers its emergence in the light of the intertwined legacies of twentieth-century analytic and Continental traditions.

Both a remarkably clear explication of the tenets of OOP and an acute critique of the movement's ramifications for philosophy today, Object-Oriented Philosophy is a major engagement with one of the most prevalent trends in recent philosophy.


Object Oriented Ontology is the last chapter in the interminable saga of the struggle between realism and transcendentalism. It attempts to undo the transcendental turn and resuscitate the precritical notion of reality in which humans are not subjects but one among many actants.   What Peter Wolfendale does in his detailed and forceful analysis is what Kant did to Swedenborg: to dispel the mist of vibrant (spiritualized) materiality. What Voltaire said about god should be repeated about this book: if it didn't exist, we would have to invent it. 
Slavoj Žižek





1. The Lava That Dare Not Speak Its Name
 1.1. Withdrawal
 1.2. The Fourfold
 1.3. Vicarious Causation

2. The Withdrawal Of Arguments
 2.1. Tools, Knowledge, And Distinctness
 2.2. Heidegger, Husserl, And Kripke
 2.3. Occasionalism, Independence, And Supplementation

3. Objection-Oriented Philosophy
 3.1. Sense And Sensuality
 3.2. Qualities And Qualia
 3.3. What Are Relations Anyway?
 3.4. What Are Objects Anyway?: On Ontological Liberalism
 3.5. What is Metaphysics Anyway?
 3.6. What Does It All Mean?

4. Speculative Dystopia
 4.1. The Spectre Of The Past
 4.2. The Sins Of The Present
 4.3. The Horrors Of The Future

5. Specious Realism

Ray Brassier
Postscript: Speculative Autopsy