The Object Research Lab

relational thingness

Object Reading List

Araki, Junko. 2003. “Action Vectors: Modeling Spatial Relations between Objects and Routes” in Journal of Universal Computer Science, vol. 9, no. 9 (2003), 1046-1072.

Barden, J.A. 1999.“An implemented system for metaphor-based reasoning, with special application to reasoning about agents.” In  C.L. Nehaniv (Ed.), Computation for Metaphors, Analogy, and Agents, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 1562, pp.143-153. Springer.

Baudrillard, Jean. 2005 [1968]. The System of Objects. Verso, New York.

Bleecker, Julian. 2006. Online. Available:

Bowker, Georffry C. et al. 2000. Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences (Inside Technology. MIT

Brown, Bill (editor). 2004. Things. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Candlin, F & Raiford Guins (eds.). 2009. The Object Reader. Routledge, London.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. & Eugene Halton. 1981. The Meaning of Things. University of Chicago, Chicago.

Daston, Lorraine (editor). 2007. Things That Talk: Object Lessons from Art and Science.

Fairbairn, W. R. D., (1952). An Object-Relations Theory of the Personality. New York: Basic Books.

Fried, Michael. 1998. Art and Objecthood. University of Chicago Press: London.

Gell, Alfred. 1998. Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory. Clarendon Press, New York.

Glen, Joshua et al. 2007. Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance. Princeton Architectural Press.

Godelier, Maurice. 1999. The Enigma of the Gift. University of Chicago Press.

Gomart, Emilie. Our Darling Objects: A dialogue between an artist and a philosopher. Online: available here

Graves-Brown, Paul (editor). 2000. Matter, Materiality and Modern Culture. Routledge, New York.

Introna, Lucas (2009): “Ethics and the Speaking of Things.” Theory Culture Society 26(4): 25-46.

Knappett, Carl; Malafouris, Lambros (Eds.). 2008. Material Agency: Towards a Non-Anthropocentric Approach. Springer: New York.

Knechtel, John (editor). 2006. Trash. MIT

Krohs, Ulrich et al. (eds.) 2009. Functions in Biological and Artificial Worlds: Comparative Philosophical Perspectives. MIT.

Latour, Bruno. 1993. We Have Never Been Modern. Harvard University Press, Massachusetts.

Law, John (editor). 1999. Actor Network Theory and After (Sociological Review Monographs). Blackwell, Oxford.

Miller, Daniel (editor). 2005. Materiality (Politics, History, and Culture). Duke University Press.

Pfeifer, Rolf and Josh C. Bongard. How the Body Shapes the Way We Think. MIT.

Sennett, Richard. 2008. The Craftsman. Penguin Books.

Sharr, Adam. 2006. Heidegger’s Hut. MIT

Solso, Robert L. 2003. The Psychology of Art and the Evolution of the Conscious Brain. MIT

Spyer, Patricia (editor). 1998. Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Places. Routledge, New York.

Stiny, George. 2008. Shape: Talking about Seeing and Doing. MIT

Thompson, N. et al (eds). 2006. The Interventionists: Users’ Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. MIT.

Turkle, Sherry (editor). 2007. Evocative Objects. MIT Press.

Turkle, Sherry. 2008. Falling for Science. MIT Press.

Tye, Michael. 2009. Consciousness Revisited: Materialism without Phenomenal Concepts. MIT

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