Study group COMET – Metaphysics in Contemporary Continental Philosophy

COMET II: Levi Bryant – Onto-Cartography : An Ontology of Machines and Media

Publisher’s blurb for Onto-Cartography:

Onto-Cartography gives an unapologetic defense of naturalism and materialism, transforming these familiar positions and showing how culture itself is formed by nature. Bryant endorses a pan-ecological theory of being, arguing that societies are ecosystems that can only be understood by considering nonhuman material agencies such as rivers and mountain ranges alongside signifying agencies such as discourses, narratives, and ideologies. In this way, Bryant lays the foundations for a new machine-oriented ontology.

This theoretically omnivorous work draws on disciplines as diverse as deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism, media studies, object-oriented ontology, the new materialist feminisms, actor-network theory, biology, and sociology. Through its fresh attention to nonhumans and material being, it also provides a framework for integrating the most valuable findings of critical theory and social constructivism.

The COMET study group is convened by the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy (CCEP) at Radboud University.

To register for this group, please contact the study group coordinator through the e-mail below.


Dr. Arjen Kleinherenbrink (
Associate professor in metaphysics and philosophical anthropology| Program coordinator ‘Philosophy, Politics and Society’ | Radboud University Nijmegen

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Topic & aim

Serious interest in metaphysics has surged among continental philosophers since the turn of the millennium. There is now a rich and growing body of literature –  often associated with labels such as Speculative Realism, New Materialism, and New Realism – dedicated to classical as well as new metaphysical questions.

This study group aims to explore that literature, one book at a time.

Set-up & practicalities

When            Biweekly on Fridays, 15:00-17:00, starting April 14.

Where          On campus at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Exact location t.b.a.

How              Each session discusses two chapters that participants read in advance.

Who              Researchers and (research) master students in philosophy or adjacent fields.

Register          To participate, register by sending an email to arjen.kleinherenbrink [at] There is room for 14 participants. First come, first serve.

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Member Affiliation
Kleinherenbrink, ArjenRadboud University Nijmegen

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