After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency

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By (author) Quentin Meillassoux, Translated by Ray Brassier, Preface by Alain Badiou

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 16mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441173838
  • ISBN 13: 9781441173836
  • Sales rank: 25,291

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This book is now available for the first time in paperback, the remarkable debut of a former student of Alain Badiou. Quentin Meillassoux, a former student of Alain Badiou, is considered to be one of the most talented and exciting new voices in contemporary French philosophy. Quentin Meillassoux's remarkable debut makes a strikingly original contribution to contemporary French philosophy and is set to have a significant impact on the future of Continental philosophy. Written in a style that marries great clarity of expression with argumentative rigour, "After Finitude" provides bold readings of the history of philosophy and sets out a devastating critique of the unavowed fideism at the heart of post-Kantian philosophy. Meillassoux introduces a startlingly novel philosophical alternative to the forced choice between dogmatism and critique. "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. The exceptional lucidity and the centrality of argument in Meillassoux's writing should appeal to Analytic as well as Continental philosophers, while his critique of fideism will be of interest to anyone preoccupied by the relation between philosophy, theology and religion.

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Quentin Meillassoux teaches Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, France. Ray Brassier is Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, UK. Alain Badiou teaches at the Ecole Normale Superieure and at the College International de Philosophie in Paris, France. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works.

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"'Rarely do we encounter a book which not only meets the highest standards of thinking, but sets up itself new standards, transforming the entire field into which it intervenes. Quentin Meillassoux does exactly this.' Slavoj Zizek"

Table of contents

Translator's Preface; Preface by Alain Badiou; 1. Ancestrality; 2. Metaphysics, Fideism, Speculation; 3. The Principle of Factuality; 4. Hume's Problem; 5. Ptolemy's Revenge.