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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


The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Steven Shaviro

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book is the first general book to look at the current philosophical trend known as Speculative Realism. It also compares this philosophy to the work of early-twentieth-century philosopher Alfred ... More


Continental Realism and Its Discontents

Marie-Eve Morin (ed.)

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474421140
eISBN:
9781474438674
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

A new realist movement in continental philosophy has emerged to challenge philosophical approaches and traditions ranging from transcendental and speculative idealism to phenomenology and ... More


Oil and Dust: Theorizing Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia

Melanie Doherty

in Oil Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689682
eISBN:
9781452949314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689682.003.0019
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter offers a reading of Reza Negarestani’s 2008 novel Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials as an experimental bricolage of literary and theoretical writing that uses a creative ... More


Introduction Whitehead and Speculative Realism

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book takes a new look at the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947) in the light of a number of recent developments in continental philosophy that can be grouped under the rubrics of ... More


The Zug Effect

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/9781474422697.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The Zug effect is part of only certain moments in science fiction which are open to representing ambiguity. Thus the book offers a different definition of sf because it focuses on the roles of ... 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


Aisthesis

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 7 develops a radical aestheticism by reconsidering Kant’s aesthetics in the light of Speculative Realism as well as Whitehead.


The Actual Volcano

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 2 evaluates the philosophy of the leading Speculative Realist Graham Harman from a Whiteheadian perspective.


Panpsychism and / or Eliminativism

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 4 considers how the various thinkers in the Speculative Realist movement are drawn either in the direction of panpsychism (Graham Harman, Iain Hamilton Grant), or in that of reductionist ... 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


Tension and Phase: Doris Lessing

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/9781474422697.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The previous chapters laid out a number of ways in which objects can be surprising. The dismantling of language, vision and the world is one strategy for creating this surprise. In the Anthropocene ... More


Animal Death: Paolo Bacigalupi

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/9781474422697.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Paolo Bacigalupi’s Nebula award-winning novel The Windup Girl (2009) sets up a dialectical situation which it then disrupts. This is important for two reasons. First, dialectic formations are often ... More


Transcription: Kim Stanley Robinson

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/9781474422697.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The reading of tension in sf continues in this chapter, which looks at a number of books by Kim Stanley Robinson, along with two early works by J. G. Ballard. The focus is on the transformations that ... More


Consequences of Panpsychism

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 5 further discusses how the tradition of panpsychism (the insistence that mentality is incipient in all entities in the universe) relates to the claims of Speculative Realism.


The Universeof Things

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 3 considers the Speculative Realist insistence upon the autonomy of other entities in the world from human domination, and traces the roots of this insistence in Whitehead, and before him in ... More


Noncorrelational Thought

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 6 considers the Speculative Realist critique of phenomenology and Quentin Meillassoux’s insistence that the world without humanity is deviod of feeling and thought; and develops a new image ... More


Self-Enjoyment and Concern

Steven Shaviro

in The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689248
eISBN:
9781452949307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 1 considers Whitehead’s thought in relation to that of the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas.


The Mess

J. Allan Mitchell

in Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816689965
eISBN:
9781452949529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816689965.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The third essay proposes that the condition of human dependency and self-estrangement at the dining table. Otherwise incommensurable matters (mineral, vegetable, and animal) are incorporated at ... More


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