After Finitude An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency By Quentin Meillassoux

We’re starting our next reading group on Wednesday 16 July in RM’s lovely reading room on the first floor of 307 K’rd. To get to it you have to go around the back via Beresford St, down Samoa House Lane and up one flight of stairs. All the sessions will start at 6:30 pm and run for an hour and a half.

We will be reading After Finitude An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency by Quentin Meillassoux.

Meillassoux’s first book Après la finitude (2006) introduces an entirely new option into modern philosophy, different from Kant’s three alternatives of criticism, scepticism, and dogmatism. In the preface Alain Badiou writes “It is no exaggeration to say that Quentin Meillassoux has opened up a new path in the history of philosophy, understood here as the history of what it is to know … This remarkable “critique of critique” is introduced here without embellishment, cutting straight to the heart of the matter in a particularly clear and logical manner. It allows the destiny of thought to be the absolute once more.”

We will discuss the book over five fortnights as follows

Week 1, 16 July Ch 1. Ancestrality
Week 2, 30 July Ch 2. Metaphysics, Fideism, Speculation
Week 3, 13 August Ch 3. The Principle of Factuality (now happening at Rm)
Week 4, 27 August Ch 4. Hume’s Problem
Week 5, 10 September Ch 5. Ptolemy’s Revenge

Location: Rm, 1st floor, 307 K’Road, Newton, Auckland. Entry from Samoa House Lane

You can download a copy of the book here:

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