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Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Brian Willems


A human-centred approach to the environment is leading to ecological collapse. One of the ways that speculative realism challenges anthropomorphism is by taking non-human things to be as valid objects of investivation as humans, allowing a more responsible and truthful view of the world to take place. Brian Willems uses a range of science fiction literature that questions anthropomorphism both to develop and challenge this philosophical position. He looks at how nonsense and sense exist together in science fiction, the way in which language is not a guarantee of personhood, the role of vision ... More

Keywords: Speculative Realism, Science Fiction, Anthropocene, Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474422697
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Willems, author
University of Split