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Genealogies of Speculation II

Reason and Finitude since Early Idealism
Armen Avanessian (Hrsg.)
Suhail Malik (Hrsg.)
Ben Woodward (Hrsg.)
 
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Speculative Realism (SR) has made an impact in contemporary intellectual and cultural discourse primarily because of its challenge to the now orthodox conventions of post-structuralism. While these contentions have been frequently rehearsed, and while they have a certain urgency because of the generational shift in terms of prevalent critical-theoretical engagement they propose, it is wholly under-remarked that the most pressing philosophical and theoretical challenge of SR – and to it – are the responses to Kant from early Idealism to Romanticism. Genealogies of Speculation II extends the work of the first volume in establishing precedents for SR in intellectual formations to which it is often opposed and seen to overturn, changing focus from post-structuralism to the period immediately after Kant’s breakthroughs in transcendental critical philosophy.
All of the leading figures of SR – Quentin Meillassoux, Ray Brassier, Graham Harman, and Iain Hamilton Grant – acknowledge the centrality of Kant in establishing their own countermanding philosophical systems. And each of them apart from Harman have expressed great interest in the immediate post-Kantian moment as presenting amongst the most sensitive and refined arguments in philosophy close to the central claims of SR, but distinct from it: Meillassoux has noted his admiration for Hegel and the German early Idealists leading to Fichte (Maimon, Jacobi, Reinhold), while Grant and Brassier have recently even declared themselves to be less ‘realists’ than ‘idealist materialists’. What these striking acknowledgements demonstrate is that, even if the two periods respond divergently to the same recognized problem, the current, early-twentyfirst century thinking of rational finitude and its surpassing as condition of knowledge has much to learn from a direct and sustained engagement with the schools of philosophy that took up precisely these same issues two hundred years earlier. Genealogies of Speculation II will meet this demand and set the terms for this debate. As well as complicating and transforming the emerging and somewhat facile cartography of theoretical positions – in which ‘realists’ are often pitched against ‘idealists’ - Genealogies of Speculation II will bring attention from a new and currently significant angle to a set of arguments that may otherwise and unfairly be understood to be only of historical concern.
 
Erscheint Januar 2025 • ISBN 5295043647814 • 0,00 €