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follow up on paradox and totality

Meillassoux deploys a stock Cantorian argument to conclude that there cannot be a totality of possibilities, i.e. a universal set of all possible ways the world could be. This takes place in the context of his attempt to disqualify an updated rendition of the old … Continue reading

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note on heller and cogburn’s meillassoux paper

Meillassoux’s insistence on both de-totalising the possible and simultaneously exploding correlationism is something that I am trying to preserve in my adaptation of his position. Of course I have since interpreted everything in my own way such that it is no longer fruitful … Continue reading

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meillassoux and the possibility of nothing

According to Meillassoux’s second “figure” of unreason, “it is absolutely necessary that the in-itself exists, and hence that the latter cannot dissolve into nothingness.” (2008: 71, cf. 2011: 165) Meillassoux asserts that although no determinate material reality is absolute, it … Continue reading

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new meillassoux book

An expanded version of Meillassoux’s 2012 Berlin lecture appears to be forthcoming in book form.  

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three types of certainty

Whatever exactly certainty amounts to, we can think about it using the framework of possible worlds. To begin with, as typically understood, ¬p is epistemically (rather than metaphysically) possible for me iff I do not know that p. Is this the sort of possibility that we should … Continue reading

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fallibilism and relativity

Although it is widely recognised that human beings are fallible in various ways, the doctrine of fallibilism – according to which knowledge is compatible with fallibility – is a modern creation, typically credited to Charles S. Peirce. Peirce however appears to have equated … Continue reading

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quote of the day

[R]eligion and relativism are, from an immanent standpoint, one and the same ontology. Watkin (paraphrasing Meillassoux), Difficult Atheism, p. 135.

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