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2.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable reading, 14 July 2013
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This review is from: Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects (Kindle Edition)
Within a matter of pages it was clear that Harman had attacked a mirage of a problem.

I'm sure some will call this a misreading of an apparent misreading of Being & Time. That's understandable given the rhetorical framing Harman creates. However the whole premise, as interesting as it is, is nevertheless based on an imagined oversight.

Everything in Being & Time is knowingly from the perspective of Dasein. It's not that bridges have no being in relation to gulls, or that rocks cannot roll into rivers. Their 'independent' being is not questioned precisely because it is not a question for Dasein. Tool-Being and all it's observations on the totality of 'things' is itself the working of Dasein. It is not just a ground, it is the only starting point in which to claim non-Dasein significance. Heidegger does not neglect the being of things, but engages with them from the only view Dasein has available to it. Being is said precisely of Dasein as that which IS for Dasein itself...it is not a neglecting of the being of a snake, or a sheet of paper, but that just as the being of a snake cannot account in full for the being of paper, Dasein is immediately directed towards its own perspective (no matter how far reaching).

All of this would be more forgivable if it wasn't for the arrogant tone running throughout this book. It's a tenuous position at best, but someone should tell Harman that unjustified patronising and false superiority really don't help to encourage a more favourable reception of what are at times very interesting and intelligent ideas. In 18 years of philosophical study this is without question the most unjustly smug book I have ever read.
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