Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 16, No 2 (2020)

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The Connectivity of All Things: On Speculative Bonds

Sean Braune


What makes things connect to other things? Do things connect to other things? This essay will present notes towards a speculative theory of connectivity that is focalized through the philosophical concepts of the bond in Giordano Bruno and the concept of suture in Alain Badiou. It will also offer a counterargument to object-oriented ontology’s rejection of a theory of relations; this will be accomplished, in part, by situating withdrawal, which Graham Harman highlights as an essential component of a theory of objects, as the essence of any bond that connects humans and non-humans together.

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