Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making

Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making

Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making

Quentin Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making

Synopsis

Quentin Meillassoux's entry into the philosophical scene marks the beginning of a new epoch: the end of the transcendental approach and the return to realist ontology. Harman's beautifully written and argued book provides not just an introduction to Meillassoux, but much more: one authentic philosopher writing about another - a rare true encounter. It is not only for those who want to understand Meillassoux, but also for those who want to witness a radical shift in the entire field of philosophy. It is a book that will shake the very foundations of your world! Slavoj iek, philosopher and psychoanalyst. An in-depth study of the emerging French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux. Quentin Meillassoux has been described as the most rapidly prominent French philosopher in the Anglophone world since Jacques Derrida in the 1960's. With the publication of After Finitude (2006), this daring protégé of Alain Badiou became one of the world's most visible younger thinkers.In this book, his fellow Speculative Realist, Graham Harman, assesses Meillassoux's publications in English so far. Also included are an insightful interview with Meillassoux and first-time translations of excerpts from L'Inexistence divine (The Divine Inexistence), his famous but still unpublished major book.

Excerpt

This is the first book-length treatment of the philosophy of Quentin Meillassoux (pronounced ‘may-yuh-sue’), an emerging French thinker of the greatest interest. Meillassoux was born in Paris in 1967, the son of the anthropologist Claude Meillassoux (1925–2005), a household name among Africanists. the younger Meillassoux studied at the famed École Normale Supérieure on the rue d'Ulm, and has taught at that institution for more than a decade. His debut book, Après la finitude (After Finitude), was officially published in early 2006, though copies were sighted in Paris bookstores late the preceding year. Little time was needed for Meillassoux's book to catch fire in Anglophone continental philosophy circles. in the words of Peter Hallward, a noted authority on recent French thought:

Not since [Jacques] Derrida's ‘Structure, Sign and Play’ (1966) has a
new French philosopher made such an immediate impact in sections
of the Anglophone world … It's easy to see why Meillassoux's After
Finitude
has so quickly acquired something close to cult status among
readers who share his lack of reverence for ‘the way things are.

Prominent among Meillassoux's teachers was the philosopher Alain Badiou, whose preface to After Finitude displays breathtaking confidence in the book: ‘It would be no exaggeration to say that Quentin Meillassoux has opened up a new path in the history of philosophy … a path that circumvents Kant's canonical distinction between “dogmatism”, “scepticism” and “critique”’. Hinting at Meillassoux's larger unpublished work, Badiou adds that After Finitude is merely ‘a fragment from a particularly important… philosophical enterprise’. Slavoj Žižek tells us that ‘the philosopher who addressed [the status of materialism today]

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