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. This is an overview of ‘After Finitude’ by Quentin Meillassoux. It covers his ideas on the archi-fossil, facticity, Cantorian set theory (the.

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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. All the same mmeillassoux is a highly charged book. From the preface by Alain Badiou: And while those problems still loom, I have to admit After Finitude did open up a new avenue for thinking those issues. It says a lot that the part of the book I followed most easily was the explanation of Cantor’s Set theory.

The response to this is that if laws of nature were contingent we would have noticed. Ray BrassierTristan Garcia.

The wager, therefore, consists in discovering a form of “absolute necessity that does not reinstate any form of absolutely necessary entity” This pernicious belief forces the advocate of correlationism to commit to the unthinkability of an objective world outside or separate from the existence of subjects — The world is held as inconceivable if not a World-for-us. Plus, something about math— All those aspects of the object that can be formulated in mathematical terms can be meaningfully conceived as properties of the object in-itself.

Philosophies of sensible becoming hide a stabilist structure as their ground, this is an illusion. Facticity is the point of departure for gaining access to this absolute: The book’s meticulous argumentation is not for the logically faint meilkassoux heart. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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

Therefore, we must try and articulate a principle of contingency that is district from the concept of chance. I continued to find the continental side much more interesting and relevant, but also found that almost every reading I made led me to some variation on the open-ended conclusion that it was in fact art, not philosophy, that should be the way forward, at least for me. It is undoubtedly important, as it claims to provide a way out of what it identifies as the contemporary crisis of philosophy, and has been hailed to have succeeded by quite a few enthusiasts, not the least among whom is Meillassoux’ own teacher, Alain Badiou.


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Altogether none of this seems to me as wrong or definitely misguided, though the central argument about contradiction and necessity is inadequate as admittedand I am not convinced about exactly what “correlationism” is, or whether it has a crucial problem with ancestrality.

Gotta love the Internet or filling in gaps though Want to Read saving…. Hardcoverpages. Certainly not the form of science! This is the absolute truth of the principle of unreason: The book is exceptionally clear and concise, entirely devoted to a single chain of meillassox. The Necessity of Contingency and the Powerlessness meillaasoux Nature.

Finiutde 2, “Fideism, Metaphysics, Speculation,” not only maps the different positions that have determined and still determine different conceptions of the absolute, but also exposes the necessary conditions to de-absolutize correlationism and thus clear the way toward a truly speculative materialist form of the absolute.

I suppose YECism is a genuine case of correlationism God, being eternal, always observes all that existsbut merely agreeing about that detail doesn’t make one a reactionary.

Such statements of astrophysics, meullassoux, and paleontology imply a temporal discrepancy between thinking and being, between the world and the very emergence of thinking.

This axiomatic enables Meillassoux to show that for those forms of aleatory reasoning to which Hume and Kant were subservient, what is a priori possible can only be fiintude as a numerical totality, as a Whole.

Who has the higher authority?

After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

But I think Meillassoux goes a little too far in his search for Truth and tosses some of the baby out with the bathwater because in a way, he takes too much for granted even though in another way, he takes nothing for granted.

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Probability however does not necessarily require the presupposition of the absence of ontological consistency behind that which is being calculated probabilistically. Even if one doesn’t accept every conclusion in Quentin Meillassoux’s After Finitude, the beauty of his arguments still stand out as a remarkable achievement in a time when philosophy feels a bit tapped out in the originality department. Added to PP index Total downloads 23of 2, Recent downloads 6 afher 4of 2, How can Meillasskux increase my downloads?


A self consistent correlationist could not commit themselves to such a proposition and remain a correlationist given that this would necessitate contravening precisely that quality of the correlation which is characteristic of it, aftter is its inherent finitude.

Ray Brassier, Continuum,foreword, p.

This is not the case. Impossible to calculate, because keillassoux intervention by thought, even retrojected from our current cosmo-temporal position, would bring to bear all of the formational properties of an observing eye; but does its unthinkability necessitate that it was a universe of unbeing?

See 1 question about After Finitude…. L’ordre philosophique, foreword by Alain Badiou. While Meillassoux is mostly interested in the philosophical tradition, and its constraints extending it somewhat to religion and science he is able to dance within that tight framework and come up with a clear summation of the larger picture.

I haven’t struggled with a philosophy book like this since I attempted Bernard Stiegler’s Technics and Time. Oct 04, Nalanda Buatong rated it really liked it.

Of course unknown factors, or strange atrractors could determine the outcome, but there is no reason to think that these unknown factors would take the form of ontologically unprecedented events which would radically break with the consistency of that which appears, and that which furnishes the conditions of possibility for the appearance of the system in question. The principle of reason rests on God being necessary in-itself, thus supporting a reasonable deduction built upon this ground.

The omnipotent idiot Sultan, gyres and gnaws at the heart of reality! Since Kant makes the world dependent on the conditions by which humans observe it, Meillassoux accuses Kant of a “Ptolemaic Counter-Revolution.

Unfortunately he simply brackets the aafter for later resolution, which means the book doesn’t exactly live up to the billing Alain Badiou gives it in the introduction.

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The author’s treatment of what at first could have passed for an innocuous metaphysical non-problem is implemented in order to transform our outlook on unreason. Events which are incalculable and unpredictable continue to be mathematical over the artistic, poetic or religious p.

Philosophy isn’t so much about truth as it is about managing complexity.

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