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Summary Speculative Realism refers to a trend within continental philosophy that was launched at an April 2007 workshop at Goldsmiths College, University of London featuring Ray Brassier, Iain Hamilton Grant, Graham Harman, and Quentin Meillassoux. Central to Speculative Realism is its critique of "correlationism," Meillassoux's term for the continental tendency to avoid the question of reality outside thought in favor of a reflection on the conditions of the thought-world correlate. Competing versions of Speculative Realism include Harman's object-oriented philosophy and Meillassoux's speculative materialism, along with Brassier's eliminativist position and Grant's Deleuzo-Schellingian vitalism.
Key works Brassier et al 2007 is a transcript of the initial 2007 Speculative Realism workshop. Meillassoux's critique of correlationism can be found in Meillassoux 2008. Harman's object-oriented philosophy is summarized most recently in Harman 2011. Brassier's position is explained in Brassier 2007 and Grant's in Grant 2006. Further background information about Speculative Realism can be found in Harman 2011, Harman's critical study of Meillassoux.
Introductions For an anthology of writings by Speculative Realists and closely related thinkers, see Bryant et al 2011. A short introduction to Meillassoux's position can be found in Meillassoux 2007, and a book-length introduction to the object-oriented variant of Speculative Realism is Bryant 2011.
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  1. Sound’s Matter: ‘Deleuzian Sound Studies’ and the Problems of Sonic Materialism.Iain Campbell - 2020 - Contemporary Music Review 39 (5):618-637.
    This article evaluates the theoretical and practical grounds of recent debates around Christoph Cox’s realist project of a ‘sonic materialism’ by returning to Gilles Deleuze, a key theoretical resource for Cox. It argues that a close engagement with Deleuze’s work in fact challenges many of the precepts of Cox’s sonic materialism, and suggests a rethinking of materialism in the context of music. Turning to some aspects of Deleuze’s work neglected by Cox, the ‘realist’ ontological inquiry Cox affirms is challenged through (...)
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  2. Figurate and Spectral Architecture: Of the Lithic, Ferric, and Plastic.Lars Spuybroek - 2020 - In Grace and Gravity: Architectures of the Figure. London: Bloomsbury. pp. 115–59.
    The fourth of eight chapters from my recently published book "Grace and Gravity: Architectures of the Figure." The argumentation builds on terminology introduced in the first three chapters, the most important being the phased structure of the figure: prefiguration, figuration, and transfiguration. Also, the earlier developed interdependence of movement and standstill, which we find both in beauty and in grace, is here expanded in the relationship between the mineral, animal, and vegetable.
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  3. Hermeneutic Responsibility: Vattimo, Gadamer, and the Impetus of Interpretive Engagement.Theodore George - 2020 - Duquesne Studies in Phenomenology 1 (1):Article 4.
    This article examines the hermeneutics as a basis of critique in the work of Gianni Vattimo and Hans-Georg Gadamer.
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  4. Relational Matters: A Critique of Speculative Realism and a Defence of Non-Reductive Materialism.Austin Lillywhite - 2017 - Chiasma: A Site for Thought 4:13-39.
    This essay critiques the return to objects posited by certain new materialisms, most specifically the speculative realism of Harman, Meillassoux and Brassier. It argues that their “non-relational” and “autonomous” ontology represents a neo-positivist conception of reality. In place of such an atomistic ontology, I will suggest that the new materialisms develop a more productive, “non-reductive materialism”—a term drawn from analytic philosophy of mind. I will interpret Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Luc Nancy as crucial examples of such a materialism on the continental side. (...)
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  5. Grace and Gravity: Architectures of the Figure.Lars Spuybroek - 2020 - London, UK: Bloomsbury.
    A pdf sample that contains the cover, contents page, preface and the back cover with endorsements and blurb.
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  6. Realität als vermeintliche Grenze der Erkenntnis: Hegels Metaphysik im Anschluss an und in Abgrenzung zu Kant.Ermylos Plevrakis - 2020 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 74 (3):392-417.
    While Kant in his Critique of Pure Reason aims to 'humiliate' reason by declining any possibility of knowledge of things 'in themselves', he does conceive such critique as 'the necessary preparation for a thoroughly scientific system of metaphysics'. In this paper I examine in what sense Hegel's Science of Logic goes beyond that Kantian view without neither relapsing back into dogmatic metaphysics nor turning into a mere pragmatism. I argue that reality in itself is ontologically deficient so that it is (...)
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  7. Speculative Annihilationism: The Intersection of Archaeology and Extinction.Matt Rosen - 2019 - Hampshire: Zero Books.
    This monograph argues that a set of considerations in the metaphysics of time, and a certain conception of metaphysical realism, ought to motivate a particular understanding of archaeological theory and practice distinct from the post-processual, post-modernist, and cultural-historical frameworks that have tended to dominate the subject.
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  8. L'immanenza del cogito. Per una genealogia del trascendentale deleuziano.Fabio Vergine - 2019 - In Enrico Giannetto (ed.), Di stelle, atomi e poemi. Verso la physis. Volume 2. Roma RM, Italia: pp. 125-142.
    Il principale obiettivo teoretico di questo lavoro consiste nel tentativo di verificare, attraverso un’indagine storico-genealogica e concettuale, come nella filosofia di Gilles Deleuze si assista ad un radicale mutamento del paradigma relativo alla nozione di trascendentale. Si tratta, in altre parole, di ripercorrere alcune delle tappe fondamentali che conducono il filosofo parigino a “purificare” il trascendentale da ogni riferimento ad una coscienza soggettiva egologica che si fondi in quanto principio genetico del mondo. Si riterrà utile procedere analizzando, in primo luogo, (...)
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  9. Speculative Realism: An Introduction. [REVIEW]Tom Sparrow - 2019 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 1.
    Review of Graham Harman, Speculative Realism: An Introduction, Polity, 2018.
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  10. A Critique of New Materialism: Ethics and Ontology.Paul Rekret - 2016 - Subjectivity 9 (3):225-245.
    This article seeks to offer a critical assessment of the conception of ethics underlying the growing constellation of ‘new materialist’ social theories. It argues that such theories offer little if any purchase in understanding the contemporary transformations of relations between mind and body or human and non-human natures. Taking as exemplary the work of Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, and Karen Barad, this article asserts that a continuity between ethics and ontology is central to recent theories of ‘materiality’. These theories assert (...)
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  11. La virtualità dell'evento. Prospettive e limiti trascendentali per la definizione di un presente assoluto dell'esperienza pura.Fabio Vergine - 2019 - In Arianna Romani & Abdelhaleem Solaiman (eds.), Tempo. Tra esattezza e infinito. Atti IX Convegno Interdisciplinare dei Dottorandi e Dottori di Ricerca. Roma RM, Italia: pp. 157-171.
    Il concetto di Reale non coincide con la realtà; se l’atteggiamento dell’empirismo tradizionale nei confronti della realtà è infatti un ingenuo realismo, l’empirismo radicale è riuscito, invece, a pensare in maniera rivoluzionaria l’origine trascendentale dell’esperienza ordinariamente intesa e, dunque, la natura virtuale di quell’evento del tutto particolare che, soprattutto con Gilles Deleuze e Jacques Lacan, è il Reale. Più dettagliatamente, l’obiettivo dell’intervento consisterà nell’individuare, nelle prospettive aperte dall’empirismo radicale tra Ottocento e Novecento, una forma di temporalità atopica e “utopica”, che (...)
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  12. Interpretation From the Ground Up: Luigi Pareyson's Hermeneutics of Inexhaustibility and its Implications for Moral Ontology.Justin L. Harmon - 2017 - Trópos: Journal of Hermeneutics and Philosophical Criticism 10 (1):69-90.
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  13. Defying the Facts: Justice and Being in Speculative Materialism. Davies - 2016 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 30 (4):468.
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  14. The Poverty of Meillassoux's Anthropology. [REVIEW]Jan Branson & Don Miller - 1984 - Thesis Eleven 9 (1):157-165.
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  15. Speculative Somatics.Diego S. Maranan - 2015 - Technoetic Arts 13 (3):291-300.
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  16. The Speculative.William Torrey Harris - 2000 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14 (1):1-6.
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  17. Short Speculative Essays.Robert Brockholes Thomas - 1981
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  18. Philosophical Commitment and the Given: A Study in Speculative Philosophy.Joseph Clarence Lefevre - 1976 - Dissertation, Tulane University
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  19. The Speculative Vs. The Visionary.H. H. Morgan - 1869 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 3:175.
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  20. The Speculative.Editor Editor - 1867 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 1:2.
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  21. Speculative Philosophy in Italy.Editor Editor - 1871 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 5:94.
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  22. Studies in Speculative Philosophy. [REVIEW]Reginald Jackson - 1926 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 4 (4):302.
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  23. Speculative Philosophy a Study of its Nature, Types, and Uses.A. J. Reck - 1972 - University of New Mexico Press.
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  24. Speculative Philosophy Symposium.Grace A. De Laguna - 1951 - Philosophical Review 60:3.
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  25. Studies in Speculative Philosophy.H. N. Gardiner - 1926 - Philosophical Review 35 (4):366-370.
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  26. The Allure of Things: Process and Object in Contemporary Philosophy.Roland Faber & Andrew Goffey (eds.) - 2014 - Bloomsbury Academic.
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  27. 1. Ecology and Ecosemiotics.Winfried Nöth - 1998 - Sign Systems Studies 26:332-343.
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  28. Speculative Philosophy.Carl R. Hausman, Charlene Haddock Seigfried, Vincent Colapietro, Crispin Sartwell, Patricia Ann Turrisi & Kathleen Hull - 1998 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 12:77.
  29. Speculative Ontology.Paul Humphreys - 2013 - In Don Ross, James Ladyman & Harold Kincaid (eds.), Scientific Metaphysics. Oxford University Press. pp. 51.
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  30. Conservative Ecology.J. Ely - 1993 - Télos 1993 (97):186-191.
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  31. Informationalism and Ecology.T. Luke - 1983 - Télos 1983 (56):59-73.
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  32. Ecology as Politics.M. Bookchin - 1980 - Télos 1980 (46):177-190.
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  33. Toward a Speculative Realism.Robert S. Lehman - 2008 - Theory and Event 11 (1).
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  34. Review of Jeremy Dunham, Iain Hamilton Grant, and Sean Watson: Idealism: The History of a Philosophy. [REVIEW]Dietmar Heidemann - forthcoming - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.
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  35. Jeremy Dunham/Iain Hamilton Grant/Sean Watson-Idealism. The History of a Philosophy.Wolfgang Schaffarzyk - 2011 - Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 64 (4):85.
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  36. Quentin Meillassoux, The Number and the Siren: A Decipherment of Mallarmé's Coup de Dés. Trans. Robin MacKay.Thomas H. Ford - 2013 - Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy/Revue canadienne de philosophie continentale 17 (1):300-307.
  37. Toward a Pragmatic Metaphysics: Comments on a Speculative Approach.Michael S. Littleford - 1993 - Man and World 26 (3):339-350.
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  38. Speculative Medievalisms: Discography.Eileen A. Joy, Anna Klosowska, Nicola Masciandro & Michael O'Rourke (eds.) - 2013 - punctum books.
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  39. The Metaphysics of Materialism.D. G. Brinton - 1867 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 1 (3):176 - 178.
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  40. Speculative Vs. Visionary.H. H. Morgan - 1869 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 3 (2):175 - 177.
  41. Time and Speculative Philosophy.A. J. Schneeweiss - 1919 - The Monist 29 (4):601-610.
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  42. The New Materialism.Donald Brownstein - 1971 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 2 (1/2):231-233.
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  43. Speculative Philosophy.Lewis S. Ford - 1973 - Southwestern Journal of Philosophy 4 (2):131-135.
  44. Reason, Reality, and Speculative Philosophy (Review).John R. Shook - 2001 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14 (4):314-316.
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  45. Speculative Philosophy.William Bernard Collins - 1947 - Dubuque, Loras College Press.
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  46. Can Speculative Philosophy Be Defended?Ralph M. Blake - 1943 - Philosophical Review 52 (2):127-134.
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  47. The Speculative Reconsidered.Vincent Michael Colapietro - 2000 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 14 (1):7-16.
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  48. Can Speculative Philosophy Be Defended?Arthur E. Murphy - 1943 - Philosophical Review 52 (2):135-143.
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  49. Can Speculative Philosophy Be Defended?W. T. Stace - 1943 - Philosophical Review 52 (2):116-126.
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Object-Oriented Ontology
  1. Causation According to Mario Bunge and Graham Harman.Martín Orensanz - 2021 - Mεtascience 2:online.
    Imagine a billiard table, with several red billiard balls. Suppose that one of them impacts another. It could be claimed that the first billiard ball, the cause, makes direct contact with the second one, the effect. If we had to generalize this for all things, not just billiard balls, we would say that “thing A causes thing B”. As we shall see, both Bunge and Harman reject the preceding view of causation. They would agree that the statement “thing A causes (...)
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