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

The question of necessity and contingency of the absolute now arises. Notify me of new comments via email. 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. The ethical ramifications are not hard to see. May 05, Eric Phetteplace rated it really liked it Shelves: A speculative analysis of the meaningless sign Archived October 19,at the Wayback Machine. How else could they jockey for position?

You can follow finitue responses to this entry through the RSS 2. 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.


The final section of the book is QM’s attempt to sketch how he relates science at the phenomenal level to the “absolutist” basis he tried to establish earlier. What really tugged on my lederhosen was Meillassoux’s meticulously-drawn contention that the current prevalence of what he calls strong correlationism —the offshots of Wittgenstein and Heidegger—have beaten back the weak correlationism held by the Kantians such that the absolute and the in-itself have been released from unthinkability beyond that of the rationally knowable, to the degree that Fideism has become the obverse of Correlationism.


Dia-chronic statements express the very essence of modern science, These can be integrated into knowledge as opposed to myth. This website uses cookies to improve user experience. Influenced Ray BrassierTristan Garcia.

The totalization of the thinkable can no longer be guaranteed a priori — the conceivable is not necessarily totalizable by the detotalization of number. Here is another conception of philosophy: In the end, the non-dogmatic affirmation of the existence of primary qualities amounts to positing a mathematical absolute and rehabilitating its validity beyond or on the hither side of fideism, idealism, and metaphysical dogmatism.

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Human Finitude, Ineffability, Idealism, Contingency. Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux: The author does a pretty good job of providing clarifying information for a lot of this, but some of the basics of phenomenology escape me, and Meillassoux isn’t meillassouxx this thing down for me to catch up.

Thus what is mathematizable cannot be reduced to a correlate of thought p. It allows the destiny of thought to be the absolute once more.

Firstly, this is Wittgenstein’s N-operator as primordial condition of the universe, and God himself rendered impotent to a higher principle of negation. Science Logic and Mathematics. This meillaszoux 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. Speculative materialismcorrelationismfacticityfactialityancestrality [2].

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. Through great detail, Meillassoux demonstrates why current correlationist answers are insufficient.


The rehabilitation of the mathematical absolute contests three prevalent positions for which the de-absolutization of thought also implies its de-universalization: So he must be talking about the content science produces and in what way this kind of dia-chronicity should be found to be meaningful or not 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.

Quentin Meillassoux launches a stinging attack upon the state of philosophy in general, and takes initial steps towards a form of speculative philosophy which, he thinks, overcomes the shortcomings he has identified. Dec 04, Clare rated it it was ok Shelves: This is the goal of chapter 3, “The Principle of Factiality. This is because facticity is not just a fact in the world it is not a fact that things are factualit is an absolute necessity that factual things exist.

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

Afteer a math major, I thought I would enjoy such reasoning, but I actually find someone like Deleuze’s use of math more interesting than M and Badiou’s applications of set theory to philosophy. Thus stability does not generate necessity. This leads Meillassoux to proclaim that it is absolutely necessary that the laws of nature be contingent.