Speculative Realism Breaks Out, Breaks Philosophy?
November 17, 2009 7:25 PM Subscribe
Since the Goldsmith's Conference of 2007 (which saw the formal embrace of the name), the movement known as Speculative Realism has, by some accounts, "revivified" philosophy. Led by the young philosophers Ray Brassier and Quentin Meillasoux, the movement is becoming known for its two-pronged critique of both the continental andanalytic philosophical traditions. Speaking crudely, the goal is to fashion a "transcendental materialism" that puts the continental tradition in a better position to engage with the evolving insights of experimental science (particularly cognitive science, biology, and physics), while revising the analytical tradition's tendency to a "scientistic" and "naive" materialism. On the whole the philosophy tries to be less human-centric, acknowledging a world indifferent to human knowing and human being, while still acknowledging the problem of epistemic contingency. Brassier is also a leading proponent or investigator of nihilism, which will please Big Lebowski fans.the hypothesis was that we could Deceive. Wasn't that the nature, first step anyway, of cosciousness? She wasn't sure; but she wan't uninterested in the question. Helgar? Gawd almighty. You call that a sausage? Pete, thrown back from carousing through the Vintage labels gathered his favourite DVD and CD's together and thought. Entelechy? Osmosis. Or simply Being In Itself. There was a monumental pause, prelim to all the summer mornings hunover we would have before brunch was done.