By Greg Kennedy
Plastic baggage, newspapers, pizza packing containers, razors, watches, diapers, toothbrushes … What makes something disposable? Which of its houses permits us to regard it as though it didn't subject, or as though it really lacked topic? Why accomplish that many gadgets seem to us as not anything greater than short flashes among checkout-line and landfill? In An Ontology of Trash, Greg Kennedy inquires into the which means of disposable gadgets and explores the character of our prodigious refuse. he's taking trash as a true ontological challenge due to our unsettled relation to nature. The metaphysical force from immanence to transcendence leaves us in an alien global of gadgets tired of significant actual presence. therefore, they develop into interpreted as beings that one way or the other basically lack being, and exist in our technological global simply to vanish. Kennedy explores this complex nature and appears for chances of salutary switch.
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Standing as indubitable proof of social worth, wealth thus becomes the surest determinant of social status. The wealth produced through power and predation has an almost magical quality. What otherwise would require long periods of labor to procure is taken possession of with sudden celerity. A concentrated burst of energy fells the prey, bringing immediate material plenty, while prolonged hours of manual toil, or industry as Veblen calls it, fail to produce equivalent quantity. The conflation of power and wealth severs any connection that may have bound prosperity to work.
Saying that Being needs humans in this way does not subordinate the former to the latter. This is not the pompous voice of anthropocentrism speaking. ”4 Finitude, understood now as bodily neediness, is the very thing that we most violently repudiate and ardently will to disown. Human mortality, in other words, is not our accomplishment; it is not even a matter of our choice. Although it determines the essence of human being, our needy finitude has nothing to do with us as autonomous, subjective agents.
Although it is not always clear whether forgetfulness is an inevitable feature of “fallen” human existence, Heidegger was convinced that the metaphysical history of the West had intensified it to an extremely dangerous degree. Again, the ontological dynamic between retiring Being and manifest beings that so easily moves into oblivion is more accessible to interpretation and understanding via the flesh of the body. “The body conceals itself,” Drew Leder observes,”precisely in the act of revealing what is Other.
An Ontology of Trash: The Disposable and Its Problematic Nature by Greg Kennedy