Symposium and Workshop: Posthumanism and Worldbuilding

Updated: Oct 10, 2021


This symposium is part of Foreign Objekt's Psthuman Lab, which began last year. The Lab includes workshops and study groups taught by David Roden, Francesca Ferrando, and Ray Brassier, along with participation and contributions from many artists and researchers.


Workshops and Conversations:

David Roden

October 10th-- 10 am PST

Webinar Link:

𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐬

The philosopher Nelson Goodman makes two controversial philosophical claims. Firstly, Pluriworldism: There is not one true world but many worlds, each answering to different and often conflicting ‘world versions’ (e.g., Newton’s vs Aristotle’s Physics, Phenomenalism (or sense-data theory) vs Realism about middle sized objects of sensory experience, Cezanne vs the World of 19th Century Academic Painting.) Different world versions are true of different worlds, but there is no one shared world according to Pluriworldism. Secondly, Worldmaking: the claim that these worlds are constituted, in some way, by our world-making practices. In this talk, I have two goals. Firstly, to set out both the Pluriworldism and the Worldmaking thesis clearly and systematically. Second to consider whether either is supportable by examining a range of objections leveled against Goodman by authors ranging from Donald Davison to Tim Button. Does the very idea of worldmaking presuppose a world-behind-the-scenes that belongs to no world? Does the production of worlds (world making) presuppose a kind of identity or repetition that is non-world dependent in a way that violates pluriworldism, as I have argued. Can we make sense of comparisons or translations between worlds and world versions without a single common world as a background condition? Is pluriworldism vulnerable to anti-correlationist arguments in the work of speculative realists like Ray Brassier or Quentin Meillassoux? I hope this critical engagement will increase our understanding of Goodman’s epistemology and aesthetics.

Francesca Ferrando

October 9th -- 10 am PST

Webinar Link:

𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠

In the first series of workshops Francesca Ferrando discussed with us, 'The Art of Posthuman Existence', consisting of "The Composite Landscape of the Posthuman", "From the Anthropocene to Human Enhancement", and "Posthuman Healing".