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 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 meillzssoux argue that we should accept that literally any possibility is equally feasible because we cannot finitely ascertain a reason.

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 finittude, 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.

It is finitufe that the absolute in question is a deflated one, an a-significant and reasonless absolute devoid of any mystery, unable to elicit an enigma, one which recalls Angelus Silesius’s dictum according to which “the rose is without why.

Does a good job of setting up meillasspux problem of speculative philosophy anti-correlationism?

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

I was not satisfied with many of the proofs Meillassoux provides. But even so, there can only ever be contradictions in statements and not meillassoix the real world. Thus stability does not generate necessity. Nov 18, Jacob Vorstrup rated it liked it.

After Finitude

Ray Brassier, Continuum,foreword, p. For Kant, causal necessity is a necessary condition for finitud existence of consciousness and the world it experiences.


This seems to mark the end of “continental philosophy” as an antithetical project to the analytical one. Call it a 3. I have rather mixed feelings about this book.

Quentin Meillassoux

The ethical ramifications are not hard to see. The factical stance abandons the dissolvent approach to metaphysics as a procedure that has mfillassoux become obsolete p. Even after successfully critiquing meta-physico religiosity, this does not disprove God but only a type of God which appeals to natural reason meillasosux declare the superiority of its own beliefs. For Popper there is a necessary stability to absolute laws. QM looks at Descartes claim that mathematical properties exist in themselves, where as Kant claims that mathematical properties exist only for us.

There is a test of faith inherent in both claims: Does it get a bit wild when he replaces god with something called “Hyper-chaos”?

This inability has caused other problems, such as making religion and belief–especially nonrational belief–sole access to concepts regarding absolutes, and put philosophy at odds with the dominating concepts of science, which allows a mathematical conception of absolutes.

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. Paris[1] France. To say that there is a difference between an absence of the given and an absence in the given is to say that in the case of the absence in the given the given is presupposed as being where it is not, such that an absence in the given could not be an absence of the given, such that it correlates the manifest even in those places where it does not give it.

Meillasoux starts with 2 key propositions: The consequence of facticity consists in asserting the actual contingency of the laws of nature, a seemingly odd consequence if one keeps in mind that one of the book’s goals is to provide a foundation for scientific knowledge.

Dec 02, Chris Keeve rated it liked it Shelves: Here contingency is the key concept that, insofar as it is extracted from Humean-Kantian necessitarianism and thus distinguished from chance, enables Meillassoux to explain how and why Cantor’s transfinite number could constitute a condition for the stability of chaos. The archi-fossil and the correlation are incompatible and disqualify each other.


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. 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 be tantamount to agreeing with Young Earth Creationists.

Meillassoux is associated with the speculative realism movement. Dec 29, Mark Broadhead rated it it was ok Shelves: Meillassoux introduces a startlingly novel philosophical alternative to the forced choice between dogmatism and critique.

The Necessity of Contingency and the Powerlessness of Nature.

Dec 04, Clare rated it it was ok Shelves: We haven’t noticed because nature has never demonstrated its truly contingent nature to us yet. This leads Meillassoux to proclaim that it is absolutely necessary that meillsssoux laws of nature be contingent. Science alone gives theoretical knowledge of nature, speculative metaphysics can no meillaszoux reason its knowledge of higher reality cosmos, God, or souls.

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.

Way beyond my extremely limited philosophical knowledge. The principle of reason rests on God being necessary in-itself, thus supporting a reasonable deduction built upon this ground. For Hume, there is no causal necessity, only habitual projection of stable phenomena 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 enthusiasts, not the least among whom is Meillassoux’ own teacher, Alain Badiou.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The ancestral fossil is one which predates the existence of I fully agree as with many who have contrinbuted reviews that the book afted very well written, clearly argued, and an engaging read. The Principle of Factuality 4.