This chapter argues that Gillian Rose's speculative philosophy offers a timely challenge to liberal and postmodern thought and introduces readers to four key themes that permeate her thought: diremption, speculative dialectics, comprehension and risk. Like other critics of Enlightenment thought, Rose maintains that liberalism is an impoverished discourse that is too far removed from actuality. However, she refuses to demonise reason in response, maintaining that to do so is to avoid the difficulty of the political – aporia – in favour of the easy way – euporia. Instead, Rose seeks to rehabilitate a conception of reason with Hegelian recognition at its core. A speculative negotiation of the brokenness of actuality underpins a Rosean response to the three debates explored in Part Two of the book. It insists on a speculative negotiation of the middle between truncated mourning and endless melancholy, abstract equality and absolute alterity, tragic resignation and messianic utopianism. (147)
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