Here is a tentative article and abstract for the AAA session in Chicago.
Inhuman ethics of the 2012-phenomenon
Speculative realism has led to quite different approaches at breaking with correlationism, ranging from Meillassoux’s divine inexistence where human exceptionalism is taken for granted to Bogost’s alien phenomenology that wonders what it is like to be a computer and other things. This paper shall emphasize the object-oriented ontologies (OOO) of the speculative turn. Real objects are withdrawn and we can only access them through sensual profiles and allusion. I make a sensual profile of a computer and the computer makes another sensual profile of me (both within a third real object). I am anthropocentric and the computer is computerocentric. Simply expanding the perspective to a network only shifts the centrism to the network itself. Maybe this is an ethical consequence of “the democracy of objects”? With the expansion of internet, facebook, blogs, twitter, we are becoming more keen to expose ourselves. Although we are participating in a greater network than ever before we are also becoming more centered on ourselves to stand out against others. We try to individualize ourselves instead of being dividuals of a greater object. In a sense, internet is antifragile in Taleb’s sense. It gains in strength from millions of users. It is probably no coincidence that OOO has expanded because of internet. Another object that expanded because of internet was the “2012-phenomenon”. Since it had an end-date related to the Maya Long Count calendar it can serve as an illustrative example of inhuman ethical consequences “before” and “after” a crucial event.