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    Graham Harman is an important young philosopher. He teaches at American University of Cairo. For his Ph. D. he read all of Heidegger's works and came up with novel way of cutting through all of Heidegger's works.

    His book Heidegger Explained has the following review on, titled "A refreshingly non partisan introduction to Heidegger"

    By "non-partisan" I mean that Mr. Harman does not write from the set framework of either Continental-phenomenological or Anglo-analytic philosophy, giving his take on Heidegger a refreshing perspective for anyone who is al-too-familiar with these schools and how they typically color the disputes of modern philosophy. Harman takes Heidegger as a pointer in a direction which brings philosophy out of the intellectual ghettos and back to life. In language at once pithy, moving, and substantive, Harman delivers a reading of Heidegger which neither forgives his sins nor ignores his great contribution to philosophy -- bringing a sublime, careful thoughtfulness to the terrible beauty of reality. Of all the books which attempt an introductory overview of Heidegger, this is the only one I've read that goes as far in humanizing the man with new details of his personal mistakes and challenges, while also doing a superior job explaining his key concepts in succinct, pithy, well-written English statements. The concepts are unfolded chronologically along with the basic narrative of Heidegger's career. Harman brings a perspective to Heidegger which is neither that of the fawning Heideggerian imitator nor that of the belittling, condescending critic. He is an admirer of Heidegger's originality with a unique and particularly compelling view of how Heidegger should be understood as an important point of departure from many of the stale problems endemic to modern thinking.
    I follow his work. Last Graham Harman gave 44 lectures around the world on many, many different topics. Artists, architects, philosophers, poets, scientists and many other disciplines are involved with his work and the circle that he runs with.

    He is one of the founders of a hybrid topic in Philosophy, Speculative Realism. All of the founders spend most of their time in other areas, but as they got to know each other, Lovecraft was common experience to all of them.

    Here is the publisher's statement on Harman's Lovecraft book Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy

    Book Description
    Publication Date: September 16, 2012
    As Hölderlin was to Martin Heidegger and Mallarmé to Jacques Derrida, so is H.P. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Lovecraft was one of the brightest stars of the horror and science fiction magazines, but died in poverty and relative obscurity in the 1930s. In 2005 he was finally elevated from pulp status to the classical literary canon with the release of a Library of America volume dedicated to his work. The impact of Lovecraft on philosophy has been building for more than a decade. Initially championed by shadowy guru Nick Land at Warwick during the 1990s, he was later discovered to be an object of private fascination for all four original members of the twenty-first century Speculative Realist movement. In this book, Graham Harman extracts the basic philosophical concepts underlying the work of Lovecraft, yielding a weird realism capable of freeing continental philosophy from its current soul-crushing impasse. Abandoning pious references by Heidegger to Hölderlin and the Greeks, Harman develops a new philosophical mythology centered in such Lovecraftian figures as Cthulhu, Wilbur Whately, and the rat-like monstrosity Brown Jenkin. The Miskatonic River replaces the Rhine and the Ister, while Hölderlin's Caucasus gives way to Lovecraft's Antarctic mountains of madness.

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