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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Philosophy in the Making, Edinburgh: QM looks at Descartes claim that mathematical properties exist in themselves, where as Kant claims that mathematical properties exist only for us. An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency, Trans. He takes everything back to an argument against Kant as if post-structuralism, etc, hadn’t already questioned idealism. No trivia or quizzes yet. Although, his style of presentation can turn into a sort of fine-grained logic-chopping worthy of Duns Scotus, the rigour, clarity and passion of the argument can be breathtaking.

For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. History of Western Philosophy. I’d also like to note that since the ebook version of this book I was reading didn’t have page numbers, it brought a slightly different perspective on the questions of finitude and infinitude that book raises.

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. He explores the ethical and metaphysical implications.

After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

Since Cantor, we cannot claim to any logical or mathematical necessity, thus any a priori necessity p It is undoubtedly important, as it claims to provide a way out of what it identifies as the contemporary crisis of philosophy, and has been hailed to have succeeded by quite a few aftre, not the least among whom is Meillassoux’ own teacher, Alain Badiou.


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. Chapter 3 is the Principle of Factiality, which is essentially the problem that arises when a system for explaining the forms of thought is based on an assumed fact–in other words, it’s about uncovering flaws in the correlationist conceptions.

Lists with This Book. And while those problems still miellassoux, I have to admit After Finitude did open up a new avenue for thinking those issues. Dec 29, Mark Broadhead rated it it was ok Shelves: Although the book is written with clarity and consistency, it presupposes a familiarity not only with dogmatic metaphysics, post-Kantian critical philosophy, phenomenology and post-Heideggerian philosophy, but also and above all with Alain Badiou’s materialist ontology, and more specifically, with his ontological re-formulation of post-Cantorean set theory, as well as his conception of the event as what exceeds the grasp of an ontology of being finitjde being.

These are people who share “the idea according to which we only ever have access to the correlation between thinking and being, and never to either term considered apart from the other” p.

Archi-fossils are anterior to time, not just un-witnessed in time. 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.

For these reasons, Meillassoux rejects Kant’s so-called Copernican Revolution in philosophy. All the same this is a highly charged book.

Meillasoux argues that because we cannot calculate the totality of possible outcomes which could be derived by taking the billiard table as the initial state from which we calculate probabilities, we are unable to argue that meil,assoux would have already noticed the contingency of the law’s of nature because, quite simply, if it is impossible to calculate the total number of possible outcomes then it is also impossible to say that it simply hasn’t happened yet.


Craig Delancey – – The European Legacy 17 3: I don’t even have the basic knowledge of the field of philosophy to tell whether it’s as bogged in meilllassoux as he claims. The result is a religionizing of reason: Mostly read while on the can at the office. It seems that Meilassoux is drawing his metaphysics to suit his politically-charged outlook, and being quite “scientistic” about it.

As a consequence, we’re bound by its precepts, such as the impossibility of thinking anything that doesn’t involve the concept of human thought. One begins to understand the audacity of these claims insofar as they posit a time radically different from that of consciousness, a afyer that, due to its indifference, would seem to resist the modern tenets of the inseparability of the act of thinking from its content, thus melilassoux us to conceive the realms of phenomena and of the in-itself each apart from the other.

The exceptional lucidity and the centrality of argument in Meillassoux’s writing should appeal to analytic finiude well as continental philosophers, while his critique of fideism will be of interest to anyone preoccupied by the relation between philosophy, theology and religion. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Another problem I have with this meillaxsoux the idea that this is all new. The Principle of Factuality 4. After Finitude proposes a new alliance between philosophy and science and calls for an unequivocal halt to the creeping return of religiosity in contemporary philosophical discourse.

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

If anything the book is a little too mathematical and jargon-filled in its execution: We would never think to calculate in that manner. A punch in the gut. Xunwu Chen – – Asian Philosophy 21 3: