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Speculative Worlds

11:00-16:00New York University, Great Room19 University Place10003 New York City

Abstract II

Suhail Malik (London)

|Not Only A God Can Save Us Now|

|Meillassoux's deconstruction of rational finitude and the politics of philosophy|

Correlationism for Meillassoux designates rational thought predicted on its finitude as the absolute condition for what can be thought, requiring a revocation of knowledge of the absolute that is taken up instead by irrational beliefs. The sociopolitical consequence of this rational legitimation of faith in general is the prevalence of religiosity in recent modernity. If philosophy as epitome of rational thought is to regain its historical claim to think the absolute, correlationism must be revoked and rationally so. In doing so it effects a dual politics of philosophy, directed against the rational legitimacy of faith and also, going past the immediate terms of Meillassoux's argument, the necessary indetermination of politics affirmed by correlationism. Yet while Meillassoux's speculative thought proposes a provocative ontology of absolute contingency that drastically redetermines the real against its conventional accounts, marking another 'end of metaphysics' than that celebrated-mourned by correlationism (upto and including knowledge of the real possibility of an unnecessary divinity), its political ontology is an ultra-ethics. In this it circumscribes what it no less opens up for the politics of philosophy in a more expansive, and perhaps more violent, contingency of the future.