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Continental Realism and Its Discontents$
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Marie-Eve Morin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421140

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.001.0001

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The Radical Contingency of Temporality, Correlation and Philosophy: Merleau-Ponty’s Indirect Ontology contra Meillassoux’s Hyper-Anthropocentric Idealism

The Radical Contingency of Temporality, Correlation and Philosophy: Merleau-Ponty’s Indirect Ontology contra Meillassoux’s Hyper-Anthropocentric Idealism

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(p.155) Chapter 8 The Radical Contingency of Temporality, Correlation and Philosophy: Merleau-Ponty’s Indirect Ontology contra Meillassoux’s Hyper-Anthropocentric Idealism
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Continental Realism and Its Discontents
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David Morris

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.003.0009

This chapter first analyses Meillassoux’s critique, in After Finitude, of subject-object correlation and phenomenology. It then traces connections between passivity, radical reflection, and indirect ontology in Merleau-Ponty, to show how Meillassoux, contra Merleau-Ponty, takes the activity of thinking for granted and neglects passivity, in ways that lead to ontological confusions and assumptions about being's determinate character. The latter troubles Meillassoux’s ancestrality problem and leads him to overlook a radically contingent being indicated within correlation itself. The final section clarifies and supports this claim via physics, specifically the measurement problem in quantum mechanics—a concrete problem that Meillassoux does not discuss when he broadly invokes mathematics and science to support his position.

Keywords:   Meillassoux, Merleau-Ponty, phenomenology, correlation, ontology, anthropocentrism, contingency, measurement, quantum mechanics

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