Contemporary Realism and Materialism

Lecture series | 11.04. – 11.05.2012

The series of lectures addresses realism and materialism within modern philosophy. Common to the invited philosophers Ray Brassier, Iain Hamilton Grant, Graham Harman and Quentin Meillassoux is the critique of post-Kantian philosophy, in which the world cannot be thought of independently of human beings.

The philosophical positions introduced furnish a variety of arguments in their rejection of the correlation of thought and the world - the post-Kantian paradigm, which Meillassoux has termed “Correlationism.” By developing a transcendental naturalism, a speculative materialism, an object-oriented philosophy or a scientific realism, the relationship between epistemology and metaphysics, science and philosophy, thought and nature can be redefined.

In cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre 626 (Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits) at the Freie Universität Berlin