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

He also has a line that correlationism has encouraged attitudes of cultural relativism in the West and prevents intellectuals challenging the rise of new religious attitudes; all that sounds jolly good but it is simply recapping the anti-postmodernist polemics of the 90s.

Unfortunately, contra Meillassoux, my considered conjecture ended up being, as often has proved the case, I have absolutely no idea whatsoever. He terms this pre-human reality the “ancestral” realm. That part involves a mathematic concept–Cantor’s set theory, in fact. True the given may be present at some point or place in the manifest, but this is not to say that it would be present at those points where it is not correlated with the manifest.

Chapter 3 is the Principle of Factiality, which is essentially the problem that arises when a system for explaining the forms of quentkn is based on an assumed fact–in other words, it’s about uncovering flaws in the correlationist conceptions. Continental philosophy Speculative realism speculative materialism.

L’ordre philosophique, foreword by Alain Badiou. Does a good job of setting up the problem of speculative philosophy anti-correlationism? The book’s meticulous argumentation is not for the logically faint of heart. Speculative Materialism in Continental Philosophy categorize this paper. I struggled to auentin buckle down on some of the complex passages here – indicating that this was a labor to read, which was to be expected.

Sign in Create an account. This book is mainly interesting for what it reveals about the state of French philosophy at the time it was written, rather than breaking any new ground for philosophy in general.


Philosophy in the Making. It strikes me the author simply doesn’t have a consistent fater 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.

The exceptional lucidity and the centrality of argument in Meillassoux’s writing should appeal to analytic as well as continental philosophers, while his critique of fideism will be of interest to anyone preoccupied by the relation between philosophy, theology and religion.

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. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A New Realist Landscape. The exposition and critique of correlationism is brilliant and Meillassoux is at his best when showing the philosophical complacency of contemporary Kantians and phenomenologists.

Raoni Padui – – Angelaki 16 2: The ancestral fossil is one which predates the existence of I fully agree as with many who have contrinbuted reviews that the book is very well written, clearly argued, and an engaging read.

It is afrer truly philosophical work in that it develops the original idea of a speculative materialism with uncompromising passion and great consistency.

In Meillassoux’s exact words, the “Galilean-Copernican decentering wrought by science can be stated as follows: Refresh and try again. Added to PP index Total downloads 22of 2, Recent downloads quentih months 4of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

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As time went on and I continued this philosophical detox, I occasionally lapsed back in but felt a slight lack of the wonderment I once had when studying philosophy.

This inability has caused other problems, such as making religion and belief–especially nonrational belief–sole access to concepts regarding absolutes, and put philosophy at odds with the dominating concepts of science, which allows a mathematical conception of absolutes. Secondly is a certain equivocation which Meillasoux seems to engage in, in respect to the categories of necessity and reason. This leads Meillassoux to proclaim that it is quentib necessary that the laws of nature be contingent.


Kant, Hegel, Descartes, Leibniz in so many terms.


It says a lot that the part of the book I followed most easily was the explanation of Cantor’s Set theory. Such is Pascal’s ‘Eternal silence of infinite spaces’, but without the consolation of a wager of God’s existence.

This is the goal of chapter 3, “The Principle of Factiality. But never mind about that. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Unfortunately he simply brackets the problem for later resolution, which means the book doesn’t exactly live up to the billing Alain Badiou gives it in the introduction.

Through great detail, Meillassoux demonstrates why current correlationist answers are insufficient. Speculative Materialism in Continental Philosophy. I haven’t struggled with a philosophy book like this since I attempted Bernard Stiegler’s Technics and Time.

This is all right, but it isn’t new. In this book, Meillassoux argues that post-Kantian philosophy is dominated by what he calls “correlationism,” the often unstated theory that humans cannot exist without the world nor the world without humans.

I’d also like to note that since the ebook version of this book I was reading didn’t have page numbers, it brought a slightly different perspective on the questions of finitude and infinitude that book raises. The book is exceptionally clear and concise, entirely devoted to a single chain of reasoning.

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.