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Otis College of Art and Design Presents a Lecture by Contemporary American philosopher Graham Harman, Fine Arts Critic-in-Residence

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Otis College of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Department Presents a lecture by Contemporary American philosopher Graham Harman: Why Art and Design are Central for Philosophy, April 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at Otis’ Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus.
Graham Harman

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) - Otis College of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Department Presents a lecture by Contemporary American philosopher Graham Harman: Why Art and Design are Central for Philosophy, April 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at Otis’ Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus.
 

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Lecture: Graham Harman "Why Art and Design are Central for Philosophy"
Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00pm
Forum, Ahmanson Building
Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The lecture is free and open to the public, parking is available on campus. Additional information available at http://www.otis.edu or by calling (310) 665-6885.

Noted Professor of Philosophy Graham Harman examines the role of beauty in "Why Art and Design are Central for Philosophy." The American philosopher George Santayana once noted that beauty is far more central to our everyday lives than it is in philosophy. And true enough, aesthetics has always been a sort of fringe discipline within philosophy, lower in status than such fields as metaphysics, ethics, and theory of knowledge. In this lecture, Harman will explain why this usual picture is mistaken, and show why aesthetics deserves to stand at the very center of philosophy.

Graham Harman's work on the metaphysics of objects led to the development of object-oriented ontology, and he is a central figure in the speculative realism trend in contemporary philosophy. Harman is a Distinguished University Professor at the American University in Cairo. He is the 2009 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award, and a frequent international lecturer.

Harman is the author of eleven books, most recently Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012) and Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism (2013). He is the editor of the Speculative Realism book series at Edinburgh University Press, and (with Bruno Latour) co-editor of the New Metaphysics book series at Open Humanities Press.

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