publication . Article . 2014

Why Meillassoux’s Speculative Materialism Struggles with Ancestrality

Ciprian Jeler;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2014 Journal: Annals of Philosophy (issn: 2069-4008, eissn: 2069-4016, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Universitatea "Stefan cel Mare" Suceava
This paper shows that Quentin Meillassoux’s speculative materialism doesn’t offer us the means to account for the ancestral statements that the modern sciences produce, i.e. for the scientific statements about events preceding all forms of life. An analysis of the reasons why Meillassoux thinks that the problem of ancestrality problematizes the contemporary self-evidence of correlationism is first offered. The results of this analysis are then applied to speculative materialism itself and the consequences are not very promising: very much like correlationism, speculative materialism explicitly denies what I call the “generalized version of the realistic assumpti...
free text keywords: Meillassoux, speculative materialism, correlationism, ancestral statements, Philosophy (General), B1-5802, Social Sciences, H

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