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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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From the preface by Alain Badiou: 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 fater to know This remarkable “critique of critique” is introduced here without embellishment, meiillassoux straight to the heart of the matter in a particularly clear and logical manner. It allows the destiny of thought to be the absolute once more.

Quentin Meillassoux deserves our close attention in the years to come and his book deserves rapid translation and widespread discussion in the English-speaking world. There is nothing like it.

Notes from ‘After Finitude’ by Quentin Meillassoux | Avoiding/the\Void

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. 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.


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. Translator’s Preface Preface by Alain Badiou 1. Metaphysics, Fideism, Speculation 3.

The Principle of Factuality 4. Quentin Meillassoux does exactly this. It is a truly philosophical work in that it develops the original idea of a speculative materialism with uncompromising passion and great consistency.

Quentin Meillassoux launches a stinging attack upon the state of philosophy in general, and takes initial steps towards a form of speculative philosophy which, he thinks, overcomes the shortcomings he has identified. The book is exceptionally clear and concise, entirely devoted to a single chain of reasoning. It combines a confident insitence on the self-sufficiency of rational demonstration with an equally rationalist suspicion of mere experience and consensus It will not only be an unavoidable point of reference for those working on the question of finitude, but also for those whose work deals with political theology, and the status of the religious turn of philosophy.

After Finitude will certainly become an ideal corrosive against too rigid assumptions and will shake entrenched positions. The exposition and critique of correlationism is brilliant and Meillassoux is at his best when showing the philosophical complacency of contemporary Kantians aftrr phenomenologists.


The proposal of speculative realism is audacious and bracing, particularly when he defends the idea of nature as a ‘glacial universe’, cold and indeifferent to humans. Such is Pascal’s ‘Eternal silence of infinite spaces’, but without the consolation of a wager of God’s existence.

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

However, by Mellassoux’s own admission, his proposal is incomplete and we await its elaboration in future books. Although, his style of presentation can turn into a sort of fine-grained logic-chopping worthy of Duns Scotus, the rigour, clarity and passion of the argument can be breathtaking.

He offers a logical proof that the only feature of the laws of nature that is absolutely necessary is that they are contingent. He explores the ethical finitudd metaphysical implications.

Brassier translates Apres la finitude, which was published in by Editions du Seuil. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking neillassoux unsubscribe link in any newsletter.


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