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By Quentin Meillassoux

ISBN-10: 0826496741

ISBN-13: 9780826496744

After Finitude presents readings of the historical past of philosophy and units out a critique of the unavowed fideism on the center of post-Kantian philosophy. writer Quentin Meillassoux introduces a philosophical replacement to the compelled selection among dogmatism and critique. After Finitude proposes a brand new alliance among philosophy and technology and demands an unequivocal halt to the creeping go back of religiosity in modern philosophical discourse

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Consequently, it is perfectly admissible for you to say that bodies, which provide the objective support for subjects, are born and perish in time, but you cannot say the same about the conditions which permit knowledge of such a fact. If you do, you have simply violated one of the basic requirements for the transcendental – but you have not thereby refuted it, you have simply disregarded it. Thus you cannot claim that your problem is “ontological” rather than empirical, since your problem of the arche-fossil is empirical, and only empirical – it pertains to objects.

Similarly, it would no longer be possible to ascribe sensible receptivity and its spatio-temporal form – one of the two sources of knowledge for Kant, along with the understanding – to such a subject, which would therefore be capable of totalizing the real infinity of whatever is contained in each of these forms. By the same token, since it would no longer be bound to knowledge by perceptual adumbration, and since the world for it would no longer be a horizon but rather an exhaustively known object, such a subject could no longer be conceived as a transcendental subject of the Husserlian type.

Is this not precisely what science thinks? A time that is not only anterior to givenness, but essentially indifferent to the latter because givenness could just as well never have emerged if life had not arisen? Science reveals a time that not only does not need conscious time but that allows the latter to arise at a determinate point in its own flux. To think science is to think the status of a becoming which cannot be correlational because the correlate is in it, rather than it being in the correlate.

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