Collapse Volume II: Speculative Realism


Collapse Volume II: Speculative Realism (Reissued Edition)
Robin Mackay (Ed.)
Associate Editor: Damian Veal

Philosophical Research and Development.

Comprising subjects from probability theory to theology, from quantum theory to neuroscience, from astrophysics to necrology, and involving them in unforeseen and productive syntheses, Collapse II features a selection of speculative essays by some of the foremost young philosophers at work today, together with new work from artists and cinéastes, and searching interviews with leading scientists.

Against the tide of institutional balkanisation and specialisation, this volume testifies to a defiant reanimation of the most radical philosophical problematics – the status of the scientific object, metaphysics and its “end”, the prospects for a revival of speculative realism, the possibility of phenomenology, transcendence and the divine, the nature of causation, the necessity of contingency – both through a fresh reappropriation of the philosophical tradition and through an openness to its outside. The breadth of philosophical thought in this volume is matched by the surprising and revealing thematic connections that emerge between the philosophers and scientists who have contributed.

ROBIN MACKAY – Editorial Introduction
RAY BRASSIER – The Enigma of Realism
QUENTIN MEILLASSOUX – Potentiality and Virtuality
ROBERTO TROTTA – Dark Matter: Facing the Arche-Fossil (Interview)
GRAHAM HARMAN – On Vicarious Causation
PAUL CHURCHLAND – Demons Get Out! (Interview)
REZA NEGARESTANI – Islamic Exotericism: Apocalypse in the Wake of Refractory Impossibility
KRISTEN ALVANSON – Elysian Space in the Middle East

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