Quentin Meillassoux is a French philosopher. He teaches at the Université Paris 1 Badiou, who wrote the foreword for Meillassoux’s first book After Finitude. It is no exaggeration to say that Quentin Meillassoux has opened up a new path in the history of philosophy, understood here as the history of what it is to know. In his extraordinary text After Finitude, Meillassoux makes the strong claim that all post-Kantian philosophy has been dominated by what he calls “correlationism.

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After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency by Quentin Meillassoux

It will not only be an unavoidable point of reference for those working on the question of finitude, but also for those whose work deals with political theology, and the status of the religious turn of philosophy. It sounds good to speak by naming “where we are” in this way, but then again, I am not so sure we even yet know where we are now. How else could they jockey for position?

I don’t believe that consciousness or causation or non-contradiction are necessary even if I find that the connection of the parts is what is most interesting as to what meaning is.


We cannot say that “everything is contingent” for that statement is itself absolutebut what In possibly the most important philosophical text of the 21st century thus far, Meillassoux sets his sights to refute numerous sacred tropes in traditional philosophy from Kantian transcendentalism to even Heideggerian existentialism Being no longer requires Thinking. Google Books no proxy Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Who knows, by the end you might just find yourself convinced. This remarkable “critique of critique” is introduced here without embellishment, cutting straight to the heart of the matter in a particularly clear and logical manner.


However, and as we have argued, the absence of reason in the apparent is precisely the product of the necessary finitude of finite perspectives. Another problem I have with this is the idea that this is all new.

After Finitude

Philosophy in the Making. Meillassoux’s style of argumentation jeillassoux unique and refreshing: From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy dx. This is because this absolute appears as an extreme form of chaos “hyper-chaos”as a time that is “the eternal and lawless possible becoming of every law. Meillassoux introduces a startlingly novel philosophical alternative to the forced choice between dogmatism and critique.

All that said, the book is worth careful reading and merits to be seriously considered. Quentin Meillassoux – – Continuum.

Luckily, I had brushed up on Kant several times in the past decade, and that knowledge was enough to get me through this work with only a few sections seeming excessively difficult. It is in the Galilean-Copernican revolution that Meillassoux locates the moment when diachronic statements reveal thought’s contingency. Quentin Meillassoux – – Environment and Planning D 30 2: It strikes me the author simply doesn’t have a consistent target in “correlationism” and is conflating together quite distinct positions; in any case the question he doesn’t ask which a genuine positivist like Ayer would do is in what sense “correlationism” differs from realism, if it can avail itself about counterfactuals about unobserved things.

Waste, Landfills, and an Environmental Ethic of Vulnerability. By claiming that physical laws are contingent, Meillassoux proposes in chapter 4 a speculative solution to Hume’s problem of primary and qentin qualities. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. One might disagree with Meillassoux conclusions or say this guy is just crazy, but this book provides a perfect example of a smart and adventurous argumentation that shackles correlationism in its grounds.

Since Kant makes the world dependent on the conditions by which humans observe it, Meillassoux accuses Kant of a “Ptolemaic Counter-Revolution. While I find his book and direction exhilarating, and agree with his reading especially how he puts many terms I do believe that there are other ways to put the pieces.


Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency – PhilPapers

Metaphysics, Fideism, Speculation 3. It had been a long time probably close to ten years since I read finitkde primary text in philosophy that I had not previously encountered. Meillasoux clearly positions this text as if it is to be a major disruption of all that came before, a reboot of everything post-Kant. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For these reasons, Meillassoux rejects Kant’s so-called Copernican Revolution in philosophy. Make sure you know your philosophy before you attempt this.

Graham Harman, Finitudf Meillassoux: The ancestral fossil is one which predates the existence of the given of human consciousness, as such it acts as a profound threat to a position founded in the necessity of this consciousness. London and New York: It’s a good book, in that Meillassoux and his translator could keep a relative neophyte like me from being completely lost, but I wouldn’t fully recommend it to anyone who didn’t have a lot of continental philosophy under her belt.

Trivia About After Finitude: Books by Quentin Meillassoux. Craig Delancey – – The European Legacy 17 3: He terms this pre-human reality the “ancestral” realm.

This book is mainly interesting for what flnitude reveals about the state of French philosophy at the time it was written, rather than breaking any new ground for philosophy in general. There is no longer a mystery, not because there is no longer a problem, but because there is no longer a reason.

But quentim essay is a great “nexus point” for anyone who reads German metaphysics or is interested in philosophy of science, epistemology, object-based ontology etc.