Science-Laden Theory: Outlines of an Unsettled Alliance

Speculations 1:9-46 (2010)
This article aims at giving an overview of the network of forces that led to the movement, within Continental Philosophy, of Speculative Realism. In particular I will consider the external influence that the dramatic developments of the natural sciences (particularly physics and cosmology) in the last 40 years had on philosophy, and I will argue that the contemporary return to 'realism' is an intra-philosophical reaction to the Science Wars in the 1990s. I argue that the identity of 21st century Continental Philosophy will have to be developed as a reaction, an assimilation, and an adaptation to the natural sciences.
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