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

By Quentin Meillassoux

After Finitude presents readings of the background of philosophy and units out a critique of the unavowed fideism on the center of post-Kantian philosophy. writer Quentin Meillassoux introduces a philosophical replacement to the compelled selection among dogmatism and critique. After Finitude proposes a brand new alliance among philosophy and technology and demands an unequivocal halt to the creeping go back of religiosity in modern philosophical discourse

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Accordingly, the conditions for the resolution of the problem of ancestrality become more perspicuous even as they narrow considerably. In order to preserve the meaning of ancestral statements without regressing to dogmatism, we must uncover an absolute necessity that does not reinstate any form of absolutely necessary entity. In other words, we must think an absolute necessity without thinking anything that is absolutely necessary. Let us set aside for the moment this assertion’s apparently paradoxical character.

The first decision is that of all correlationism – it is the thesis of the essential inseparability of the act of thinking from its content. All we ever engage with is what is given-to-thought, never an entity subsisting by itself. This decision alone suffices to disqualify every absolute of the realist or materialist variety. Every materialism that would be speculative, and hence for which absolute reality is an entity without thought, must assert both that thought is not necessary (something can be independently of thought), and that thought can think what there must be when there is no thought.

37 af t er f i n i t u d e The primacy of the unseparated has become so powerful that in the modern era, even speculative materialism seems to have been dominated by these anti-rationalist doctrines of life and will, to the detriment of a ‘materialism of matter’ which takes seriously the possibility that there is nothing living or willing in the inorganic realm. Thus, the rivalry between the metaphysics of Life and the metaphysics of Mind masks an underlying agreement which both have inherited from transcendentalism – anything that is totally a-subjective cannot be.

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