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Proceedings from the two Speculative Medievalisms symposia, held at King’s College London (Jan. 2011) and The Graduate Center, City University of New York (Sep. 2011), and organized by The Petropunk Collective (Eileen Joy, Anna Klosowska, Nicola Masciandaro, and Michael O’Rourke). These interdisciplinary events were dedicated to dialogue and cross-contamination between traditional concepts of speculatio, present-minded premodern studies, and contemporary speculative realist and object-oriented philosophies. In its medieval formulation, speculatio signifies the essentially reflective and imaginative operations of the intellect. Here the world, books, and mind itself are all conceived as specula (mirrors) through which the hermeneutic gaze can gain access to what lies beyond it. “To know is to bend over a mirror where the world is reflected, to descry images reflected from sphere to sphere: the medieval man was always before a mirror, both when he looked around himself and when he surrendered to his own imagination” (Giorgio Agamben, Stanzas). Correlatively, speculative realism, as the term suggests, is characterized by the self-contradictory intensity of a desire for thought that can think beyond itself — a desire that proceeds, like all philosophy, in a twisted and productive relation to the phantasm of the word. Aiming to rise above and tunnel below the thought-being or self-world correlation, speculative realism “depart[s] from the text-centered hermeneutic models of the past and engage[s] in daring speculations about the nature of reality itself” (The Speculative Turn). Speculative Medievalisms, like some weird friar-alchemist in an inexistent romance, plays the erotic go-between for these text-centered and text-eccentric intellectual domains by trying to transmute the space between past and present modes of speculation from shared blindness to love at first sight. Possibly succeeding, the volume brings together the work of a motley crew of philosophers and premodernists into prismatic relation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Prefatory Note
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Speculative Medievalisms: A Précis
  2. pp. i-xi
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  1. Toy Stories: Vita Nuda Then and Now?
  2. Kathleen Biddick
  3. pp. 1-13
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  1. Cryptomnesia: Response to Kathleen Biddick
  2. Eileen A. Joy,Anna Klosowska
  3. pp. 15-26
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  1. Divine Darkness
  2. Eugene Thacker
  3. pp. 27-38
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  1. Per Speculum in Aenigmate: Response to Eugene Thacker
  2. Nicola Masciandaro
  3. pp. 39-44
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  1. The Speculative Angel
  2. Anthony Paul Smith
  3. pp. 45-64
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  1. Lapidary Demons: Response to Anthony Paul Smith
  2. Ben Woodard
  3. pp. 65-71
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  1. Abstraction and Value: The Medieval Origins of Financial Quantification
  2. Nick Srnicek
  3. pp. 73-91
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  1. Srnicek's Risk: Response to Nick Srnicek
  2. Michael O'Rourke
  3. pp. 93-101
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  1. Neroplatomism
  2. Scott Wilson
  3. pp. 103-120
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  1. Portfolio: Photographs: NYC Laboratory
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  1. Transmission by Sponge: Aristotle's Poetics
  2. Anna Klosowska
  3. pp. 121-141
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  1. Cosmic Eggs, or Events Before Anything
  2. J. Allan Mitchell
  3. pp. 143-157
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  1. Abusing Aristotle
  2. Kellie Robertson
  3. pp. 159-172
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  1. Lynx-Eyed Aristotle: Response to Kellie Robertson
  2. Drew David
  3. pp. 173-178
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  1. Shakespeare's Kitchen Archives
  2. Julian Yates
  3. pp. 179-200
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  1. A Recipe for Disaster: Practical Metaphysics: Response to Julian Yates
  2. Liza Blake
  3. pp. 201-205
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  1. Sublunary
  2. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
  3. pp. 208-218
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  1. Casting Speculation: Response to Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
  2. Ben Woodard
  3. pp. 219-226
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  1. Aristotle with a Twist
  2. Graham Harman
  3. pp. 227-253
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  1. Three Notes, Three Questions: Response to Graham Harman
  2. Patricia Ticineto Clough
  3. pp. 256-260
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  1. Obiectum: Closing Remarks
  2. Nicola Masciandaro
  3. pp. 261-270
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780615749532
MARC Record
OCLC
1176455067
Pages
316
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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