What Is This Place?
Guerrilla Ontology is the blog of Peter Heft. On this blog you will find countless posts about numerous divergent, and often contradictory, subjects and ideas. The goal is not to convince you that one way of thinking is “right,” — indeed, see below — but rather to force you to think. I have changed my mind on various topics countless times over the years, but nevertheless I leave all my old posts online as I feel as if transparency of growth is a good thing. I was once asked “what is your goal in blogging?” My response was simple: I don’t have one. This blog is a place for thoughts, speculations, philosophical bastardizations and portmanteaus, and discussions about whatever I happen to be reading and/or am interested in at the moment. If you came here looking for something specific, I doubt you’ll find it, but I hope you leave with something.
What Is Guerrilla Ontology?
Guerrilla Ontology is a termed coined by the late Robert Anton Wilson in his 1980 book The Illuminati Papers. Wilson defines guerrilla ontology as the approach taken in his books to “mix the elements of each book [so] that the reader must decide on each page ‘How much of this is real and how much is a put-on?'”1)Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers (Berkeley: And/Or Press, 1980), 2.
In a slightly later interview, Wilson expanded upon the concept of guerrilla ontology by saying the following:
The Western World has been brainwashed by Aristotle for the last 2,500 years. The unconscious, not quite articulate, belief of most Occidentals is that there is one map which adequately represents reality. By sheer good luck, every Occidental thinks he or she has the map that fits. Guerrilla ontology, to me, involves shaking up that certainty. I use what in modern physics is called the “multi-model” approach, which is the idea that there is more than one model to cover a given set of facts. As I’ve said, novel writing involves learning to think like other people. My novels are written so as to force the reader to see things through different reality grids rather than through a single grid. It’s important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. If one can only see things according to one’s own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It’s only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. That’s what guerrilla ontology is–breaking down this one-model view and giving people a multi-model perspective. [Emphasis added]2)Jeffrey Elliot, “Robert Anton Wilson: Searching for Cosmic Intelligence,”Literary Voices #1 (1980), 50-64.
For my own nefarious purposes, I am appropriating Wilson’s view of guerrilla ontology to describe not only the theme of my posts, but also the epistemic model of my writing and thought. I have adopted the ideology of anti-ideologism as “worldviews” necessarily pigeonhole thought into nicely packaged systems where deviation is squashed. As noted above, I do not want to tell anyone what to think nor do I want to say that “X is the right thing to believe.” Both nothing and everything are certain, and that is what makes the world so interesting!
Who Is Peter Heft?
About: According to a tweet length description, “Peter is a male with disdain for the modern world as well the state of politics. While enjoying good discussion, he likes to be contrary.”
A “closet Conservative” on a liberal campus, Peter Heft (b. 1995) is a student of philosophy at Ohio’s Denison University where he mainly focuses his studies on Heideggerian and post-Heideggerian, Nietzschean, and Object-Oriented Ontological thought. His philosophical interests have taken him around the circle of theistic thought, political philosophy, and most recently, ontological realism.
He was a regular contributor to the now defunct RightOn.net where he wrote on topics as diverse as Martin Heidegger’s thoughts on technology to Carl Schmitt’s friend-enemy distinction. His work has also been featured on the Humanist Community of Central Ohio’s blog and Brett Steven’s Amerika.
When he’s not reading or writing, Peter enjoys watching a good science fiction film, listening to music, or watching gas prices while making snide and frustrated comments about geopolitics.
Contact: Peter can be contacted a few ways
- Facebook – Petersaysstuff
- Twitter – @hefty_heft
- Email – email@example.com
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- IRC – firstname.lastname@example.org
- “you can be a major asshole sometimes, but at the end of the day you mean well and youre a smart guy” -anon 2/8/14
- “Peter Heft is a racist Fuck” (context was an etymological analysis of light/dark and how that’s not racist) – William “Chris” Kelly/Piper Christina Déesse 8/5/14
- “you’re just singlehandedly perpetuating everything that is wrong with everything literally ever in life ever” – Gina Babinec 4/23/15
- “your ebook collection sucks (you’re missing a ton of stuff..) and i really want to smother your enthusiasm for anything, it’s completely insufferable, grow the fuck up. also neoreaction is idiotic, which suits you i think. cheers frend.” –anon 7/10/16
- “Hey Peter, I read a couple of your articles, and I really respect how you’ve managed to keep getting published when each word that escapes your tortured little mind is more cucked up than the next. You claim to be a philosopher as if that title gives you some sort of authority on any topic whatsoever, but in reading what you’ve excreted onto those blogs I’ve found it blindingly obvious that you are nothing more than a mewling and self-loathing little creature for whom I would feel pity were it not for how gleefully you throw around your puny intellectual weight. I am excited to see what pseudo-intellectual response you give to this – it will probably end with “good day :)” or “off to more stimulating pursuits of the mind” or some other pathetic one-liner – and I look forward to not reading another word of yours ever again. My only regret is that others will encounter you in life, and that some of them will unfortunately read what you write. Truly, this will be a loss for humanity.” –Hunter Parker 1/2/17
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|1.||↑||Robert Anton Wilson, The Illuminati Papers (Berkeley: And/Or Press, 1980), 2.|
|2.||↑||Jeffrey Elliot, “Robert Anton Wilson: Searching for Cosmic Intelligence,”Literary Voices #1 (1980), 50-64.|