Edited by Graham Harman (American University in Cairo)
|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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