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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Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?

My only real complaint about this book is that the end comes quite abruptly and I am left wanting to know where to go from here. Jan 22, Michael rated it it was amazing. The final chapter is reminiscent of the classical philosopher in its intensity while delivering a vehement plea to bring consciousness unto the post-Galilean, post-Copernican reality with the decentralization of self as philosophy bows and gives way to science and mathematics.

It strikes me the author simply doesn’t have a consistent target in “correlationism” and is conflating together quite distinct positions; in any case the question he doesn’t ask which a genuine positivist like Ayer would do is in what sense “correlationism” differs from realism, if it can avail itself about counterfactuals about unobserved things.

QM looks at Descartes claim that mathematical properties exist in themselves, where as Kant claims that mathematical properties exist only for us. Science will not permit the asking of questions it cannot answer, because that is bad science. There is thus a nihilistic nothingness beyond the human.


If you do not have time to read the book then I hope these notes are clear enough to give you a solid enough background to the text as to be useful and thought provoking. This is because strong correlationism de-absolutized the principle of non-contradiction and reason. Contradictions can be ontic but not ontological. Stability, rather than the necessity of phenomena can be defended. Refresh and try again.

Facticity tells us about the nature of the absolute. The ancestral fossil is one which predates the existence of the given of human consciousness, as such it acts as a profound threat to a position founded in the necessity of this consciousness.


The trouble with this demonstration is that it depends on treating the “contradictory object” as if it were contradictory in ALL respects; but only 1 aspect would be needed for a contradictory object.

Sign in Create an account. As a consequence, we’re bound finituse its precepts, such as the impossibility of thinking anything that doesn’t involve the concept of human thought. In Meillassoux’s exact words, the “Galilean-Copernican decentering wrought by science can be stated as follows: Jul 18, Jacob rated it really liked it. Since Cantor, we cannot claim to any logical or mathematical necessity, thus any a priori necessity p Paris[1] France.

Quentin Meillassoux – Wikipedia

A venerable tradition, no doubt – the problem is, Meillassoux is imperatively telling me what precisely I have to think if I endorse the basic views by which he identifies his opponents, the so-called “correlationists”. Primary are those qualities meillassoux an object which exist without me thing without me.


Chapter 2 is “metaphysics, fideism, speculation,” in which the religious argument I raised above is elaborated. Scientific knowledge often produces statements that refer to realities prior to the appearance of human life, such as the age of the earth and the universe, or the exact dating of a fossil whose species vanished well before human knowledge came into existence.

Speculative materialismcorrelationismfacticityfactialityancestrality [2]. Science Logic and Mathematics.

All of which means Ia! Thus we must take a strong interpretation of the principle of unreason: Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux: These are only my notes which constitute a very basic overview of the books arguments.

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

The world is a kind of hyper-chaos in which the principle of sufficient reason is abandoned even while the principle of non-contradiction must be retained. The last pages of his book is basically an outline of a non-metaphysical but speculative absolute based off facticity should look like.

There is a test of faith inherent in both claims: