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Finance Fictions: Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis

Arne De Boever

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279166
eISBN:
9780823281435
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279166.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Building on both established and emerging discussions of literature and finance, Finance Fictions takes the measure of the tension between psychosis and realism in the contemporary finance novel. ... More


Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Brian Willems

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

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 ... More


Mallarme and the Politics of Literature: Sartre, Kristeva, Badiou, Rancière

Robert Boncardo

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474429528
eISBN:
9781474445092
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429528.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Mallarmé and the Politics of Literature: Sartre, Kristeva, Badiou, Rancière recounts the radical readings of Mallarmé’s seminal poems by some of France’s most important 20th century thinkers. The ... More


The Contingency of Necessity: Reason and God as Matters of Fact

Tyler Tritten

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474428194
eISBN:
9781474438643
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474428194.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book shows how all necessity – logical, mathematical, physical, transcendental or metaphysical - is consequent. It argues that reason and God, although necessary with respect to essence, are, ... More


Sound, Time, and Duration

Christoph Cox

in Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226543031
eISBN:
9780226543208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226543208.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter argues that sound art marks a radical shift in the concept of temporality, a shift from “time” to “duration.” It examines John Cage’s important distinction between “time-objects” and ... More


How Ngoma Works: The Social Reproduction of Health

John M. Janzen

in Ngoma: Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520072657
eISBN:
9780520910850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520072657.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

This chapter describes the social and demographic perspectives and consequences on how ngoma works. It specifically investigates the consequences of ngoma upon the “social reproduction” of health. ... More


Deleuze and Selfless Sex: Undoing Kant's Copernican Revolution

Jeffrey A. Bell

in Deleuze and Sex

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748642618
eISBN:
9780748671755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642618.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter provides a historical and political reading of the role of sexuality in Deleuze's work by situating desire and passion at the centre of thought itself. Responding to criticisms by ... More


Epochal structures I: Reconstructing historical materialism

Donald L. Donham

in History, Power, Ideology: Central Issues in Marxism and Anthropology

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520213371
eISBN:
9780520920798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213371.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

How is one to understand Marxism? At the outset, it should be emphasized that any answer has to be constructed not only from Karl Marx's works, but from those of his critics. The notion of structure ... More


Epochal structures II: The anatomy of Maale production

Donald L. Donham

in History, Power, Ideology: Central Issues in Marxism and Anthropology

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520213371
eISBN:
9780520920798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520213371.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels insisted that historical materialism is not a self-contained philosophy which can be used to trim the edges of history. This chapter uses Marxist theory to explain ... More


Conclusion: From One Siren to Another

Robert Boncardo

in Mallarme and the Politics of Literature: Sartre, Kristeva, Badiou, Rancière

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474429528
eISBN:
9781474445092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429528.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This concluding chapter first presents a reading of Quentin Meillassoux’s book The Number and the Siren, which aims to overcome the limitations of Rancière’s interpretation of Mallarmé by showing how ... More


Divine Paraphrase: Cormac McCarthy

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road (2006), which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a boy and his father struggle to survive in a world decimated by an unspecified catastrophe.This ... More


Double-Vision: Neil Gaiman

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A number of works by Neil Gaiman include incomprehensible elements within a comprehensible story. Such inclusion in sf is here called the Zug effect. This effect appears in Gaiman’s work when ... More


Subtraction and Contradiction: China Miéville

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

China Miéville’s second novel Perdido Street Station (2000) addresses the idea of essence from three different perspectives which mirror a number of concepts of speculative realism. The essence being ... More


The Financial Universe (After Meillassoux)

Arne De Boever

in Finance Fictions: Realism and Psychosis in a Time of Economic Crisis

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279166
eISBN:
9780823281435
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279166.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter Four draws from the work of financial journalists Scott Patterson, Michael Lewis (a former “big swinging dick” at Salomon Brothers), and scholar Frank Pasquale to think the reality of today’s ... More


Speculative Realism: An Interim Report

Christopher Norris

in Philosophy Outside-In: A Critique of Academic Reason

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748684557
eISBN:
9780748695188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684557.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter offers a critical review of the Speculative Realist movement that emerged in the wake of Quentin Meillassoux’s book After Finitude. It is a movement remarkable for what must strike most ... More


Uncountable Matters

Jacques Lezra

in On the Nature of Marx's Things: Translation as Necrophilology

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780823279425
eISBN:
9780823281527
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823279425.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter seeks to show how the most consequential contemporary critiques of mediation—found in the work of Quentin Meillassoux and Alain Badiou—reinstall a form of species-humanism under cover of ... More


Althusser’s Science: Naming the Epistemological Break

Nathan Coombs

in History and Event: From Marxism to Contemporary French Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748698998
eISBN:
9781474416047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698998.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter argues that Louis Althusser’s strident anti-Hegelianism and adoption of French historical epistemology was integral in his refoundation of Marxist thought. At the same time, the roots of ... More


Meillassoux’s Politics: Speculative Justice

Nathan Coombs

in History and Event: From Marxism to Contemporary French Theory

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780748698998
eISBN:
9781474416047
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748698998.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter argues that although Quentin Meillassoux’s philosophy has been received as a scientistic realism, its fundamental commitments are shaped by political opposition to Hegelian historicism. ... More


A Real Renewal of Life: Towards an Affirmative Biopolitics

Sergei Prozorov

in The Biopolitics of Stalinism: Ideology and Life in Soviet Socialism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781474410526
eISBN:
9781474418744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474410526.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

In Chapter 7 we shall outline the theoretical implications of our study of Stalinism for the contemporary debates on affirmative biopolitics in philosophy and social sciences. Our inquiry into ... More


The Plasticity of the Real: Speculative Architecture

Elisabeth von Samsonow

in Speculative Art Histories: Analysis at the Limits

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474421041
eISBN:
9781474438605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421041.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Von Samsonow argues that architecture can play an important role in the framework of contemporary speculative philosophy as it is founded on geology. Speculative philosophy might engage architecture ... More


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