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Form and Object

A Treatise on Things

Tristan Garcia
Translated by Mark Allan Ohm, Jon Cogburn

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A shockingly novel view of substance that will significantly change contemporary debates about substance and ontological emergence

What is a thing? What is an object? Tristan Garcia decisively overturns 100 years of Heideggerian orthodoxy about the supposedly derivative nature of objects to put forward a new theory of ontology that gives us deep insights into the world and our place in it.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Translators’ Introduction
List of Figures
Introduction
Book I: Formally
Part I: Thing
I. No-matter-what
To matter
That no-matter-what became something
Thing
II. Less than a thing, more than a Thing
Substance
The vacuity of distinguishing material things from non-material things
Nothing
III. Something
Solitude
IV. Nothing is in itself
Self
V. Compactness
Impossible
VI. Something-other-than-a-thing
Going outside the world is a way of entering inside it
Part II: Thing and World
World
I. Something-other-than-a-thing: the world
II. Where is a thing? In the world
Without me
III. Where is the world?
Exception
What a big thing is
Many worlds
IV. Something-other-than-a-thing: all
Many
V. The accumulation of objects
One, several, whole, equal
Equal
Part III: Being and Comprehending
I. Being is being comprehended
Being is secondary
In
Between
II. That which is a thing, that which a thing is
On meaning
III. The two senses
Tragedy
On interests
Primary
IV. In things: matter
On the composition of a thing
Limit
Hand prints
V. Outside things: form
Forms
Book II: Objectively
Chapter I: Universe
Chapter II: Objects and Events
Chapter III: Time
Chapter IV: Living Things
Chapter V: Animals
Chapter VI: Humans
Chapter VII: Representations
Chapter VIII: Arts and Rules
Chapter IX: Culture
Chapter X: History
Chapter XI: Economy of Objects
Chapter XII: Values
Chapter XIII: Classes
Chapter XIV: Genders
Chapter XV: Ages of Life
Chapter XVI: Death
Coda: Formally, objectively
The Chance and the Price
Works Cited
Index.

About the Author

Tristan Garcia is a French novelist and philosopher. He is the author of philosophical works, including L’Image and Nous, animaux et humains. His fictional works, include Les cordelettes de Browser, En l’absence de classement final and Mémoires de la jungle. In 2008, he received the Prix de Flore for La meilleure part des hommes, translated into English as Hate: A Romance.

Reviews

Reading Form and Object gives one the rare impression of discovering an utterly singular intelligence, reconfiguring all things, in a completely new tone. Tristan Garcia reinvents what seemed impossible after Hegel: speculative encyclopedism. A torrent of novel ideas. A tour de force.

- Quentin Meillassoux, Maître de conférences à l'Université de Paris-1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne)

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