Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism
The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy
Publication Year: 2013
Adrian Johnston’s Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, planned for three volumes, will lay the foundations for a new materialist theoretical apparatus, his “transcendental materialism.” In this first volume, Johnston clears an opening within contemporary philosophy and theory for his unique position. He engages closely with Lacan, Badiou, and Meillassoux, demonstrating how each of these philosophers can be seen as failing to forge an authentically atheistic materialism. Johnston builds a new materialism both profoundly influenced by these brilliant comrades of a shared cause as well as making up for the shortcomings of their own creative attempts to bring to realization the Lacanian vision of an Other-less, One-less ontology. The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy yields intellectual weapons suitable for deployment on multiple fronts simultaneously, effective against the mutually entangled spiritualist and scientistic foes of our post-Enlightenment, biopolitical era of nothing more than commodities and currencies.
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Preface: Clearing the Ground: The First Volume of Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism
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The present book is the fi rst volume of a trilogy entitled Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, to be followed by A Weak Nature Alone and Sub-stance Also as Subject. As the title of the trilogy indicates, this project aims to establish the foundations for a new materialist theoretical apparatus. The splitting of this endeavor into three volumes refl ects not only my ...
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I would like to begin by thanking all the friends and interlocutors with whom I have had the privilege and the pleasure of discussing the ideas that went into this book. Without them, this text would not exist. I am especially grateful to Alain Badiou, Richard Boothby, Bruno Bosteels, Nora Brank, Ray Brassier, Thomas Brockelman, Nathan Brown, Michael ...
Introduction: “One Surely Will Be Found One Day to Make an Ontology with What I Am Telling You”: The Road to a Post-Lacanian Materialism
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In 1972, during a session of his nineteenth seminar (. . . ou pire), Lacan confi dently predicts the eventual arrival of a novel brand of philosophy, a prediction that indeed now looks to have been amply vindicated. In the context of a discussion involving references to Plato’s Parmenides and the theme of “the One”—the ears of connoisseurs of Badiou’s philo-...
Part 1. Jacques Lacan: Between the Sacred and the Secular
1. Conflicted Matter: The Challenge of Secularizing Materialism
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Materialism, the brute insistence that there is nothing alien to matter, appears to offer no place whatsoever to anything even vaguely intangible or spiritual. It denies that there are ineffable entities or forms set apart from the immanence of incarnate beings. Badiou characterizes this basic position of vehement opposition vis- à-vis all varieties of idealism as “a phi-...
2. Turning the Sciences Inside Out: Revisiting “Science and Truth”
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...§1 Formalism and Antihumanism: The Scientifi c Subject of LacanNobody could accuse Lacan of modesty. The title of his contribution to the inaugural January 1966 issue of the now- legendary journal Cahiers pour l’Analyse promises to address not one, but two mammoth matters in the space of a single article- length intervention. “Science and Truth,” ...
3. On Deep History and Psychoanalysis: Phylogenetic Time in Lacanian Theory
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...§1 Traversing the Phylogenetic Fantasy: Revisiting the Archaic Starting with Freud, the topic of phylogeny has remained a vexed, trou-bling matter for psychoanalysis. Freud’s ambivalence with respect to this issue is rather evident. On the one hand, especially in his later works, he repeatedly appeals to a phylogenetic “archaic heritage” both as a ...
Part 2. Alain Badiou: Between Form and Matter
4. What Matter(s) in Ontology: The Hebb-Event and Materialism Split from Within
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...§1 “Frenchman, One More Effort If You Wish to Be a Materialist!”: One of the most provocative and timely recent efforts at revitalizing mate-rialism in the European philosophical tradition is that carried out by Badiou in a number of texts serving as linchpins of his intricate, sprawl-ing theoretical apparatus. He unabashedly declares, “I would submit that ...
5. Phantom of Consistency: Kant Troubles
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The most important aspect of the work of Badiou, as situated at the intersection of the history of post- Kantian European philosophy and contemporary theory, is his sustained project to bridge the seemingly unbridgeable gap between two distinct orientations represented by two twentieth- century fi gures avowedly infl uential for him in his youth: ...
Part 3. Quentin Meillassoux: Between Faith and Knowledge
6. The World Before Worlds: The Ancestral and Badiou’s Anti- Kantian Transcendentalism
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Badiou describes Logics of Worlds as a phenomenological framework erected specifi cally on the basis of the ontological foundations laid in Being and Event. He refers to Hegel’s oeuvre in clarifying the position and status of this recent substantial addition to his philosophical appa-ratus: “Logics of Worlds is to Being and Event what Hegel’s Phenomenology ...
7. Hume’s Revenge: À Dieu, Meillassoux?
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...§1 The Trojan Horse of Divinology: Meillassoux’s New ReligionMaterialism certainly is enjoying a renaissance today. One of the defi n-ing features of contemporary theoretical work situated in the shadows of the traditions constituting continental philosophy undeniably is a con-cern with once again overcoming idealism, however varyingly construed. ...
Postface: From Critique to Construction: Toward a Transcendental Materialism
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In a newly published pair of exchanges, Élisabeth Roudinesco and Alain Badiou both provide a series of illuminating clarifi cations regarding Lacan’s signifi cance for psychoanalysis, philosophy, and a range of socio-political topics. Two of their observations in this context, one by Badiou and the other by Roudinesco, are relevant to my agenda here at the close ...
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Page Count: 276
Publication Year: 2013
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: Diaeresis
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth