Ontic Principle (and the Inhuman Principle, and Ontological Principle)
According to Levi Bryant, the Ontic Principle is a way to answer the question "where do I begin?" Specifically, the ontic principle (something he describes as a hypothesis), "proposes that prior even to questions of epistemology, all questions of ontology presuppose difference and, more specifically, the production of difference" (13). This difference, argues Bryant, is positive and begins with ontology.
In addition, Bryant brings up another principle, the principle of the inhuman, by which, difference is a matter of things themselves and not just our relationship to them (267). What this means is that not only is difference in relation, but also in things themselves. This is a principle of the inhuman because it steps away from a human's relation to something in the world for difference to exist.
Finally, the last principle that Bryant brings up is the ontological principle. This principle refers to Manuel DeLanda's flat ontology where he explains that individual beings differ in spacial-temporal scale, but not ontological status (269). For Bryant what is important from DeLanda's flat ontology is that beings exist at different scales yet the same status of being real. What he points out in regards to DeLanda's flat ontology is that it needs to be expanded to fit beyond the world of nature to fit even signs, fictions, armies, nations, corporations, and etc (270).