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: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

Chapter 4 continues in this vein somewhat, as a thorough examination of Hume’s Problem, which was essentially the question of why should we expect natural laws to continue to hold from one minute to the next.

Furthermore, facticity is finally transformed into the real property of everything that is capable of “actually becoming otherwise and without reason. It is a truly philosophical work in that it develops the original idea of a speculative materialism with uncompromising passion and great consistency. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This leads Meillassoux to proclaim that it is absolutely necessary that the laws of nature be contingent.

To argue otherwise would be precisely not what correlationism should be, that is that it is predicated on a relation inherently finite in nature. You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. 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 causal necessity at all.

Non-necessitarian theories of laws are not new, they were the prevailing view in Anglo departments, at least up to the 90s.

He takes everything back to an argument against Kant as if post-structuralism, etc, hadn’t already questioned idealism.

Secondly is a certain equivocation which Meillasoux seems to engage in, in respect to the categories of necessity and reason. 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 finitde other words, it’s about uncovering flaws in the correlationist conceptions.

For Descartes, the proof of the absolute is its necessity for us, not in itself p. And because academia encourages people to disagree with tinitude another. Stability, rather than the necessity of phenomena can be defended.

What is at issue throughout the book is to separate the absoluteness of metaphysical discourse from the broadly accepted claim that any conception of the absolute must necessarily be metaphysical.


Waste, Landfills, and an Environmental Ethic of Vulnerability. May 05, Eric Phetteplace rated it really liked it Shelves: Impossible to calculate, because any intervention acter thought, even retrojected from our current cosmo-temporal position, would bring to bear all of the formational properties of an observing eye; but does its unthinkability necessitate that it was a universe of unbeing?

These are only my notes which constitute a very basic overview of the books arguments. I have rather mixed feelings about this book. I agree with most of the comments around; that Meillassoux has managed to say something different.

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mdillassoux Or to put it more simply I don’t buy Meillasoux’s argument that these lacuna are not an instance of an absence of the given.

May 16, Daniel rated it it was amazing. The Anthropocene and meillaseoux Hetero-Archive. And the religious arguments concerning the creation of the earth are still valid based upon their claim to the truth of the a priori correlation.

Internal ontological necessity could be said to be at least an implicit metaphysical presumption of probabilism.

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

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. An ancient event indicates an occurrence within a linear history. 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 finiitude that we 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.

It strikes me the author simply doesn’t have a consistent target in “correlationism” and is conflating together quite distinct msillassoux in any case the question he doesn’t ask which a genuine positivist like Ayer would do is in what sense “correlationism” differs from realism, if it can avail ginitude about counterfactuals about unobserved things.

Apr 27, Hind rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 29, Elias Dourado rated it it was amazing. Published June 7th by Bloomsbury Academic first published Notify me of new finitjde via email. Thus what is mathematizable cannot be reduced to a correlate of thought p.

Who knows, by the end you might just find yourself convinced. I suppose YECism is a genuine case of correlationism God, being eternal, always observes all that existsbut merely agreeing about that detail doesn’t make one a reactionary. Archi-fossils are anterior to time, not just un-witnessed in time.


The contingent, is thus, something that finally happens. Translator’s Preface Preface by Alain Badiou 1. This is all right, but it isn’t new. Raoni Padui – – Idealistic Studies 40 3: QM points out that we cannot take contingency empirically as precariousness, of a perishability that is bound to occur.

There is no longer a mystery, not because there is no longer a problem, but because there is no longer a reason. It requires a familiarity with the tradition, and a willingness to consider thoughts from another angle, a difficulty many of us have if we are not able to distill this vast amount of information into its more fundamental terms. Contradictions can be ontic but not ontological.

He anticipates counterarguments and, what’s more, explicitly uses them as opportunities to better explicate his contentions rather than merely bash on fools for not being rigorous enough.

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

The problem for me is that at several points along the way of this chain of reasoning Meillasoux engages in some conceptual conflations which are difficult to accept. He brings us around to Badiou and demonstrates in slightly different terms, Badiou’s genius and how that enables us to begin to formulate a new beginning, one that does not rely on Being or totalization in order to guarantee meaning.

The speculative approach says that the thing in-itself is nothing other than the facticity of the transcendental form of representation. For Popper there is a necessary stability to absolute laws. 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. My only finitjde complaint about this book is that the end comes quite abruptly and I am left wanting to know where to go from here.

It allows the destiny of thought to be the absolute once more. I continued to find the continental side much more interesting and relevant, but also found that almost every reading I meillwssoux 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.