02 May 2011
Okay, so the aphorism isn't quite perfected yet, but here goes:
Nothing exists except that some work* has been done to make it so, and nothing continues to exist unless some work is done to maintain it.**
This seems like the foundation of both process-relational and object oriented ontologies as I understand them. I think it has deep implications for our theories of society and for our understanding of our relationship to non-human entities.
* I want to note that the work can be done either within the entity (autopoiesis) or by another entity acting upon it (allopoiesis).
** There is a complement to this aphorism: All work either creates something new or maintains something that already existed.
Posted by Jeremy Trombley at 10:55 AM