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Nathan Coombs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748698998

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698998.001.0001

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Meillassoux’s Politics: Speculative Justice

Meillassoux’s Politics: Speculative Justice

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(p.140) Chapter 6 Meillassoux’s Politics: Speculative Justice
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History and Event
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Nathan Coombs

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698998.003.0007

This chapter argues that although Quentin Meillassoux’s philosophy has been received as a scientistic realism, its fundamental commitments are shaped by political opposition to Hegelian historicism. By drawing on published fragments of his long-awaited book, The Divine Inexistence, the chapter shows that it is Meillassoux’s rejection of the historical symbol of modernity and its collective politics that leads him to propose replacing it with an individual, ethical orientation guided by speculative philosophy. Read in the context of this wider body of work, Meillassoux’s After Finitude realises the authoritative trajectory set in motion by Althusser and Badiou.

Keywords:   Philosophy, Politics, Meillassoux, Ontology, Modernity, Marxism, After Finitude, Contingency, Events

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