Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media

2015.02.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Levi R. Bryant, Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 300pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN
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2015.02.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Levi R. Bryant, Onto-Cartography: An Ontology of Machines and Media, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 300pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780748679973. Reviewed by Bryan E. Bannon, Merrimack College Throughout the history of Western philosophy, there has been a minority tradition that has sought to base ontology upon relations rather than upon substances. Many of Levi Bryant's ideas in this book emerge from an engagement with contemporary exponents of this position, especially the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. The twist in the story Bryant tells, however, comes from his attempt to reframe these ideas in terms of a materialist philosophy with many of the qualities of a traditional substance ontology. The substantialist and relationist positions, historically, have not sat well together, and so I was intrigued by Bryant's attempts to make them compatible. Overall, though, his argument left me with more. . .

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