In Medias Res: Andrew Benjamin’s Relational Ontology

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Andrew Benjamin, Towards a Relational Ontology: Philosophy’s Other Possibility (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015). Further references will be given parenthetically in the text.


Andrew Benjamin, The Plural Event: Descartes, Hegel, Heidegger, (New York: Routledge, 1993). It would be interesting to compare Benjamin’s account of the “reciprocity between the plural event and an occurrence” (3) to Alain Badiou’s distinction between singular Events and ordinary happenings. Cf. my “Revolutionary Actions and Events,” in Beyond the Analytic-Continental Divide, edited by Jeffrey A. Bell, Andrew Cutrofello, and Paul M. Livingston (New York: Routledge, 2016), 287–304.


J. M. E. McTaggart, “The Unreality of Time,” Mind 17 (1908): 457–74.


See, e.g., Eric Watkins, Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).


On the latter, cf. Kristie Dotson, “How is This Paper Philosophy?” in Comparative Philosophy 3, No. 1 (2012): 3–29.


Benjamin, Working With Walter Benjamin, 56, 59.


Andrew O’Hagan, Be Near Me (New York: Harvest, 2006), 288.


Bertrand Russell, My Philosophical Development, 42. Cf. Russell’s analysis of “Desdemona’s love for Cassio” in The Problems of Philosophy, and my analysis of it in All for Nothing: Hamlet’s Negativity, (Cambridge, ma: mit Press, 2014), 132ff.


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