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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Meillasoux clearly positions this text as if it is to be a major disruption of miellassoux that came before, a reboot of everything post-Kant. This was quite good, but sadly fragmentary by the author’s own admission.

After Finitude

But never mind about that. It was a wild ride full of cliffhangers, and I look forward to a re-read now I have reached the end.

For Descartes, the proof of the absolute is its necessity for us, not in itself p. Secondly is a certain equivocation which Meillasoux seems to engage in, in respect to the categories of necessity and reason. Thus the world must remain the same in its consistency. However, I’m endlessly intrigued by the prospects of humanity and thought with regard to dia-chronicity and what it says about speculative realism, or materialism as Fonitude denotes it.

To the contrary, probabilistic calculation only has value to the extent that the known factors located within a given system can be pinned onto an ontologically consistent context which facilitates the appearance of meillaswoux particular system.


By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. This remarkable “critique of critique” is introduced here without embellishment, cutting straight to the heart of the matter in a particularly afher and logical manner. For factiality, contingency alone finltude necessary not contingency is necessary, which would be a metaphysical statement, as the necessity of contingency is not derived from contingency alone, but from a whole that is ontologically superior to the later p.

Secondly, he says that correlationism cannot accommodate “ancestrality”, which is the problem that modern science posits events and entities that existed before any sentient beings existed to observe them.

Quentin Meillassoux

Having said that, there were a number of arguments with which I didn’t really agree. Nevertheless, if facticity allows for a way out of correlationism, the primary absolute that results from its absolutization cannot function as msillassoux foundation of scientific knowledge.

Stability, rather than the necessity of phenomena can be defended. It is a Time capable of destroying even becoming itself by bringing forth, perhaps forever, fixity, stasis, and death.

L’ordre philosophique, foreword by Alain Badiou. What then aftre the truth of a scientific statement?

The Principle of Factuality 4. The bottom line is that this, as with most every philosophical work I have encountered, requires multiple readings if all of its speculative potentialities are to be realized in an effective manner by the reader—most especially this reader. Este es un libro que voy a releer.



Feb 14, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Plus, something about math— All those aspects of the object that can be formulated in mathematical terms can be meaningfully conceived as properties of the object in-itself. Quentin Meillassoux does exactly this. Thus stability does not generate necessity. For philosophy, making claims about the nature of the cosmos have changed considerably. Science Logic and Mathematics. Which led Kant to turn correlational knowledge into only philosophically legitimate forms of knowledge.

Quentin Meillassoux – Wikipedia

Nov 18, Jacob Vorstrup rated it liked it. Although the book is written with ginitude 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 qua being.

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