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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Books by Quentin Meillassoux. Meillassoux performs the seemingly impossible task of resurrecting the stance of science and the absolute in ph The best review I can give a philosophy book is that it ripped a few of my assumptions about the universe to shreds – and I enjoyed every second of it.

We cannot say that “everything is contingent” for that statement is itself absolutebut what In possibly the most important philosophical text of the 21st century thus far, Meillassoux sets his sights to refute numerous sacred tropes in traditional philosophy from Kantian transcendentalism to even Heideggerian existentialism Being no longer requires Thinking. 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 Who knows, by the end you might just find yourself convinced.

Since Kant makes the world dependent on the conditions by which humans observe it, Meillassoux accuses Kant of a “Ptolemaic Counter-Revolution.

Luckily, I had brushed up on Kant several times in the past decade, and that knowledge was enough to get me through this work with only a few sections seeming excessively difficult.

This difference which characterizes the fundamental novelty of the threat to correlationism by the ancestral fossil however is arguably based in a mischaracterization of correlationism. Weird, abstract math proofs I’m familiar with–this stuff, not so much. Non-necessitarian theories melilassoux laws are not new, they were the prevailing view in Anglo departments, at least up to the 90s.


He sums up the aesthetic goals of so many familiar names: Meillassoux tries to show that the agnostic scepticism of those who doubt the reality of cause and effect must be transformed into a radical certainty that there is no such thing as meillasxoux necessity at all.

As far as the philosophy is concerned, based on the problems of the knowledge of the ‘ancestral events’ and Hume’s problems with causation, Meillassoux gives the ground to science intending a death-blow to metaphysics, a going back to Descartes and his mathematical certainty, away from the “Kantian catastrophe” of transcendentalism.


This entry was posted on October 17, at 6: For Leibniz, God is unconditionally necessary, mellassoux essence meillxssoux guarantees the best of all possible worlds. Secondly, the primordial necessary condition of non-totality.

It allows the destiny of thought to be the absolute once more. It had been a long time probably close to ten years since I read any primary text in philosophy that I had not previously encountered. But in the case of Meillassoux, whose entire theory hinges on finnitude absolute contingency of the laws governing the natural world, this is especially disturbing, as fiinitude cannot conceive of not just the theoretical possibility, but the empirical diversity of the tools different languages and thought traditions use to carve up the reality they try to explain.

For Hume, there is no causal necessity, only habitual projection of stable phenomena p. His unpublished dissertation L’inexistence divine is forthcoming in book form.

To ask other readers questions about Emillassoux Finitudeplease sign up. Meillasoux seems quite uncritical with regard to statements about “arche-fossils”, and the nearest we get to an argument for their acceptance is that rejecting ancestrality would meillzssoux tantamount to agreeing with Young Earth Creationists.

There are passages of logical exasperation that at times may work against its own objectives, thus reinforcing a reactive skepticism.

This entails changing the function facticity has had for correlationism, insofar as it has to be understood not as limiting our knowledge of the absolute, but instead as granting us knowledge of it. If the absolute is contingent it is because of our facticity that we must note the super immensity of the chaotic virtual that allows the imperceivable stability of the visual world p. Translator’s Preface Preface by Alain Badiou 1.

Quotes from After Finitude: Although, his style of presentation aftdr turn into a sort of fine-grained logic-chopping worthy of Duns Scotus, the rigour, clarity and passion of the argument can be breathtaking.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Facticity is the point of departure for gaining access to this absolute: All that said, the book is worth careful reading and merits to be seriously considered. Meillasoux having freed appearance from any such claims of consistency by having first extrapolated from the necessary absence of the reason in the apparent itself, but then the reason for the apparent as we have argued precisely cannot appear within the apparent owing to its being the product of finite perspective is able to argue that we should accept that literally any possibility is equally feasible because we cannot finitely ascertain a reason.


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For Kant, causal necessity is a necessary condition for wfter existence of consciousness and the world it experiences. The only claim that can be made is based upon our facticity, not as limit but as absolute: I hold that to be a significant accomplishment within the world of modern philosophy.

The book’s meticulous argumentation is not for the logically faint of heart. Refresh and try again. I struggled to really buckle down on some of the complex passages here – indicating that this was a labor to read, which was to be expected. With regard to “correlationism”, the first thing to note is that it is simply not true that modern Anglophone philosophy is in any way committed to it, in fact plenty of its practitioners would find nothing problematic about ancestrality.

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

It was a wild ride full of cliffhangers, and I look forward to a re-read now I have reached the end. Commit it then to the flames: Chapter 2 is “metaphysics, fideism, speculation,” in which the religious argument I raised above is elaborated. Materialismphilosophy of mathematics. Meillassoux’s approach to what seemed to be an innocuous metaphysical issue — Hume’s problem of primary and secondary properties — allows him to uncover a more originary comprehension of the in-itself, and to subtract it from the framework of Kantian transcendentalism.

I continued to find the continental side much more interesting and relevant, but also found that almost every reading I made led me to some variation on the open-ended conclusion that it was in fact art, not philosophy, that should be the way forward, at least for me. Contemptuous belief in the insolvability of metaphysical questions is merely the consequence of the continuing belief in the principle of reason.

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.