Thomas Nail, Theory of the Object – Edinburgh University Press, September 2021

Thomas Nail, Theory of the Object – Edinburgh University Press, September 2021

Describes a new, systematic process philosophy of science and technology focused on the agency and mobility of objects

Tells the first history of Western science and technology focused on the agency and mobility of objects

Argues that objects are metastable processes, not discrete things, unlike other theories that consider objects as passive and static

Surveys many areas of contemporary thought including new materialism and speculative realism as well as quantum theory, category theory and chaos theory

Throughout the history of science and technology, objects have been understood in many ways but rarely have they been understood to play an active role in the production of knowledge. This has led to largely anthropocentric theories and histories of science, which treat nature as passive objects viewed by independent observers.

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