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Metaphysics, Fideism, Speculation

Quentin Meillassoux

Quentin Meillassoux teaches Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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After Finitude : An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

Bloomsbury, 2008

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...To think ancestrality is to think a world without thought – a world without the givenness of the world. It is therefore incumbent upon us to break with the ontological requisite of the moderns, according to which to be is to be a correlate....
...Neoplatonism In an excerpt from his 1939 introduction to several practical proposals worthy of those means possessed by the College of Sociology, Bataille begins by saying that one of the best established results of ‘the efforts man has...

Ptolemy’s Revenge

Quentin Meillassoux

Quentin Meillassoux teaches Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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After Finitude : An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

Bloomsbury, 2008

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...The problem of ancestrality, or of the arche-fossil, such as we described it in Chapter 1, bears upon the following general question: how are we to understand the meaning of scientific statements about a manifestation of the world which...

The Principle of Factiality

Quentin Meillassoux

Quentin Meillassoux teaches Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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After Finitude : An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

Bloomsbury, 2008

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...Although not Cartesian in principle, our procedure is homologous with the one followed by Descartes in his Meditations, after he had successfully established the truth of the cogito in the second Meditation. Following Descartes’ example, we...

Hume’s Problem

Quentin Meillassoux

Quentin Meillassoux teaches Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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After Finitude : An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

Bloomsbury, 2008

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...So long as we believe that there must be a reason why what is, is the way it is, we will continue to fuel superstition, which is to say, the belief that there is an ineffable reason underlying all things. Since we will never be able...

Ancestrality

Quentin Meillassoux

Quentin Meillassoux teaches Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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After Finitude : An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

Bloomsbury, 2008

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...The theory of primary and secondary qualities seems to belong to an irremediably obsolete philosophical past. It is time it was rehabilitated. For the contemporary reader, such a distinction might appear to be a piece of scholastic...