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California College of the Arts Division of Graduate Studies: M. Des.

THING THEORY

PROFESSOR BARRY M. KATZ Spring Semester, 2008

Martin Heidegger, “The Thing,” from Albert Hofstadter, ed., Poetry, Language, Thought

Sherwood Washburn, “Tools and Human Evolution,” Scientific American (Sept. 1960)

Bruno Latour, “Pragmatogonies: A Mythical Account of How Humans and Nonhumans Swap Properties”,” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 37, no. 6 (May 1994)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi & Eugene Rochberg-Halton, “What Things are For” and “The Transactions between Persons and Things,” from The Meaning of Things

Karl Marx, "The Fetishism of Commodities," from Capital vol. 1.

Bill Brown, “The Death and Life of Things,” from A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature

Walter Benjamin, “Unpacking My Library.” from Hannah Arendt, ed., Illuminations

Michael Kimmelman, “The Art of Collecting Lightbulbs” from The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life

Marcel Mauss, from The Gift

Igor Kopytoff, “The Cultural Biography of Things” from Arjun Appadurai, ed., The Social Life of Things

Jean Baudrillard, from The System of Objects Denis Diderot, “”Regrets on Parting with my Old Dressing Gown”

Vilém Flusser, “The Non-Thing,” I, II from The Shape of Things

Barry Katz, “The Work of the Hand in the Life of the Mind,” Design Book Review, vol. 43 (Fall 2000).

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