Quentin Meillassoux’s Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction out there now from Univocal

Univocal Publishing
ISBN/Code: 9781937561482

Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction
by Quentin Meillassoux
Imagining a fiction where science is impossible.

“In Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction, Quentin Meillassoux addresses the problem of chaos and of the constancy of natural laws in the context of literature. With his usual argumentative rigor, he elucidates the distinction between science fiction, a genre in which science remains possible in spite of all the upheavals that may attend the world in which the tale takes place, and fiction outside-science, the literary concept he fashions in this book, a fiction in which science becomes impossible. With its investigations of the philosophies of Hume, Kant, and Popper, Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction broadens the inquiry that Meillassoux began in After Finitude, thinking through the concrete possibilities and consequences of a chaotic world in which human beings can no longer resort to science to ground their existence. It is a significant milestone in the work of an emerging philosopher, which will appeal to readers of both philosophy and literature. The text is followed by Isaac Asimov’s essay The Billiard Ball.”


Speculative Realism/OOO Workshop (Cyprus, 2012)

Apropos the recent call for panel participants our proposal has been accepted for The 13th International Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. The SR/OOO panel will be included under Section V: Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Language. You can see the abstract and call for further participants here. So far we have 8 pledges, but more are welcome especially since the conference takes place in July 2012 and spots may open up again.

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That’s Weird (Hypertiling Fabio on Miéville, Lovecraft, and Meillassoux)

Yesterday I’ve listened to the recording of China Miéville‘s talk at Kingston University on ‘The Weird’ in fiction and politics (by the way, I’m not sure who runs the Backdoor Broadcasting Company, but they have my deepest respect for what they do). Given my sceptical stance towards the porting of weird tropes and language from fiction to non-fiction (including politics and philosophy) I was somewhat prejudiced, and was expecting, from Miéville, an all-round defense of all things weird. I was wrong.

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Transcendental Realism (Audio via Deontologistics)

Greetings to all. It’s a bit late for an update, but, as others have already noted (here and here), the Transcendental Realism Workshop that happened last week went very well. I was most pleased with the way the various papers fitted together. A number of important issues recurred throughout the whole day: the relation between metaphysics and science, the nature and importance of rationality, the structure of concept revision, the interface between the natural and the normative, the role of the social in the structure of knowledge, and the significance of Kant’s philosophy.… Read More

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The Weird: a discussion of fiction and politics with China Miéville

Event Date: 2 March 2011

Kingston University

JG0002, John Galsworthy Building

Penrhyn Road Campus

Kingston KT1 2EE

At the start of the twentieth century, H. P . Lovecraft summed up the encounter between horror and strangeness as ‘pictures of shattered natural laws’ and encounters with ‘cosmic outsideness’. At the start of the 21st century, the weird has alerted us, once again, to the persistence of this ‘mood or feeling’. The new weird – generically indeterminate as it is – offers a potent trope linking pasts and presents and opening new terrains for writing creatively and differently even though its political, philosphical and cultural ramifications may be less easy to fathom.This talk with China Miéville and the Faculty of Kingston’s London Graduate School and School of Humanities seeks to revisit the idea of the weird in fiction and politics. The session will betake the form of an open discussion where contributions from faculty and audience will consider the relevance of the idea of the weird to various fields of study in the humanities.


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Speculations II as a PDF (via Public Praxis)

Download Speculations II as a PDF.


Tractatus Mathematico-Politicus – Christopher Norris

The Philosopher, the Sophist, the Undercurrent and Alain Badiou – Marianna Papastefanou

On the Reality and Construction of Hyperobjects with reference to Class – Levi Bryant

Structure, Sense, and Territory – Michael Austin

The Anxiousness of Objects – Robert Jackson

The Cubist Object – Hilan Bensusan

On the possibility of ignorance in Meillassoux – Josef Moshe

Sublime Objects – Tim Morton

Unknowing Animals – Nicola Masciandaro

Positions Papers and Interview

Networkologies II – Christopher Vitale

‘Girls Welcome!!!’ – Michael O’Rourke

‘Science and Philosophy’ Interview with Sean Carroll – Fabio Gironi

Book Reviews

Review of Eugene Thacker’s After Life – Anthony Paul Smith

Review of Jussi Parikka’s Insect Media – Beatrice Marovich

Review of Graham Harman’s Towards Speculative Realism – Fintan Neylan

Laruellian/Lacanian Clones (via Naught Thought)

Of the various terms that Francois Laruelle utilizes in his non-philosophy, none is odder than cloning. Non-philosophical cloning is the performative method by which and from which, the stranger (or alien-subject) utilizes the transcendental material which comprises the world in order to foster new decisions and break current philosophical horizons. Where all philosophical thought according to Laruelle is founded upon a decision where a datum and factum (such as actual/virtual) are auto-posited as reciprocally constituting and given, non-philosophical cloning operates by distinguishing the Real term from the ideal term thereby turning the loop into a one way street. That is, the alien subject liberates immanence (the Real as absolute cause) from the transcendent (as occasional cause). Instead of transcendence functioning as a position of evaluation, transcendence becomes the result of loosing immanence as such from its correlationist trap thereby passing through the transcendental material (as a kind of accelerant) pointing a meteor towards the world from which the subject was cloned from… (Ben Woodard) Read More

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Graham Harman interviewed (via Dialogica Fantastica)

Graham Harman

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Intro: We welcome Graham Harman of the American University of Cairo, the most well known protagonist of ‘Object Oriented Philosophy’ – a system of thought which takes ‘things’ to be central to existence, and which classes humans as just one of those things. Harman cut his teeth reading Heidegger in his teens, and it was his new approach to this often misunderstood philosopher that gained Harman recognition with his books Tool-Being and Guerrilla Metaphysics. … Read More

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