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

Lyotard was probably the most radical materialist of his generation and this was well before After Finitude. The accusation usually made against post-Quinean naturalist Anglophone philosophy is that it cedes all to the scientists and leaves out all the human-centred insights that only the continentals still care about. But this really leaves us with a profound problem which would be, how do we determine the relationship between this foundational hyper chaos and appearance. Thus with Heidegger and Wittgenstein we have an end to the possibility of the principle of reason legitimating claims to know the absolute.

The response to fiintude is that if laws of nature were contingent we would have noticed.

Kant understood the thing in-itself to not be knowable because of facticity but it is thinkable. A fascinating, ambitious little book.

Trivia About After Finitude: Continental philosophy Speculative realism speculative materialism. I continued to find the continental side much more interesting and relevant, sfter also finituve 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. Thus stability does not generate necessity. Meillassoux performs the seemingly impossible task of resurrecting the stance of science and the absolute in philosophy while inaugurating a new brand of “unreason.


Internal ontological necessity could be said to be at least an implicit metaphysical presumption of probabilism. Only on the assumption that some form of logical positivism still reigns would that be the case.

All that said, the book is worth careful reading and merits to be seriously considered. Ray BrassierTristan Garcia. This is not a Heraclitean time, since it is not the eternal law of becoming, but rather the eternal flnitude lawless possible becoming of every law. The Topography of Historical Contingency. The effect of this we have seen the the 20 th century, where the media of correlation has been language analytic philosophy and consciousness phenomenology.

True the given may be present at some point or place in the manifest, but mejllassoux is not to say finjtude it would be present at those points where it is not correlated with the manifest. Martin Davies – – Philosophical Studies For the person like me who is interested and conversant in philosophy, but not steeped in academia, it is good to know that people out there are attempting to be the next in the line of giants whose shoulders we are all standing on, and to grapple with the big questions not only in terms of the many piles of text out there, but directly at the questions’ roots.

There are passages of logical exasperation that atfer times may work against its own objectives, thus reinforcing a reactive skepticism. In which case the correlationist has no problem with ancestrality, and they would also be quite correct to rebut QM as mistaking transcendental conditions for physical ones, which is the next reply he considers. Science will not permit the asking of finotude it cannot answer, because that is bad science.

All the same this is a highly charged book. Published June 7th by Bloomsbury Academic first published In a way, perhaps that still makes me a correlationist in Meillassoux’s book 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.


The Principle of Factuality 4. Archi-fossils are anterior to time, not just un-witnessed in time. Many thinkers tend to fight in the nitty-gritty, and that’s most likely because in the process of spending so much time learning what the “greats” have said, they become invested themselves.

Jun 25, literaturegod7 rated it it was amazing. Philosophies of sensible becoming hide a stabilist structure as their ground, this is an illusion.

If there were no such consistency then the value of calculating probabilistically from a set of given factors would be nonexistent because we would have to admit that any possible outcome was equally as likely as any other. It had been a long time probably close to ten years since I read any primary text in philosophy that I had not previously encountered.

After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

In this book, Meillassoux argues that finitdue philosophy is dominated by what he calls “correlationism,” the often unstated theory that humans cannot exist without the world nor the world without humans. Speculative idealism posits subject as its bodily individuation not apart from it like transcendental finituds does. The middle section of the book is taken up with the attempt to break “the correlationist circle”, by demonstrating that the law of non-contradiction applies to statements about the noumenal world.

But how, then, to account for the rise of those sentient beings in the first place? Philosophy continues to narrow the correlation to being-in-the-world facticity or epochal Being, or a linguistic community: