Collapse Vol. II: Speculative Realism

March 2007
Editor: Robin Mackay
Associate Editor: Damian Veal
Paperback 115x175mm, 330pp. Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies
ISBN 978-0-9553087-1-2

Now available in a new reissued edition

About this Volume

Comprising subjects from probability theory to theology, from quantum theory to neuroscience, from astrophysics to necrology, and involving them in unforeseen and productive syntheses, Collapse II features a selection of speculative essays by some of the foremost young philosophers at work today, together with new work from artists and cinéastes, and searching interviews with leading scientists.

Against the tide of institutional balkanisation and specialisation, this volume testifies to a defiant reanimation of the most radical philosophical problematics - the status of the scientific object, metaphysics and its "end", the prospects for a revival of speculative realism, the possibility of phenomenology, transcendence and the divine, the nature of causation, the necessity of contingency - both through a fresh reappropriation of the philosophical tradition and through an openness to its outside. The breadth of philosophical thought in this volume is matched by the surprising and revealing thematic connections that emerge between the philosophers and scientists who have contributed.

The original numbered edition of this volume is now sold out; the volume is now available in a new reissued edition.

Contents

ROBIN MACKAY
Editorial Introduction [PDF]
RAY BRASSIER
The Enigma of Realism
QUENTIN MEILLASSOUX
Potentiality and Virtuality
ROBERTO TROTTA
Dark Matter: Facing the Arche-Fossil (Interview)
GRAHAM HARMAN
On Vicarious Causation
PAUL CHURCHLAND
Demons Get Out! (Interview)
CLÉMENTINE DUZER & LAURA GOZLAN
Nevertheless Empire
REZA NEGARESTANI
Islamic Exotericism: Apocalypse in the Wake of Refractory Impossibility
KRISTEN ALVANSON
Elysian Space in the Middle East

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