FROM OCCUPY TO MULTIPLY: speculative realism is noone’s property

Leon Niemoczynski, a speculative realist philosopher in his own right (and a frequent contributor of comments to this blog) has posted a list of 5 rising “hip philosophers”, and was kind enough to include me on the list. Leon  is himself a “top hip” philosopher and will soon be publishing his own speculative realist book: “Speculative Naturalism: Speculative Realism as an Ecological Metaphysics“. Thus pluralism has finally come to speculative realism at the level of including names that were not in the “foundational event” at Goldsmiths College in 2007. As Michel Serres has taught us founding means doing violence to a multiple real, scapegoating and excluding what it cannot dominate.

On this blog I have argued

1) Feyerabend was a speculative realist philosopher decades before the founding of the movement.

2) Michel Onfray has been elaborating a very interesting speculative realist philosophy for the last 25 years, far from the slogans of the “new” realism.

3) Graham Harman is not a speculative realist, but an intuitive idealist.

So one can be a speculative realist without being a “Speculative Realist”. Feyerabend is an example, but so are Deleuze, Lyotard, Serres, Whitehead, Viveiros de Castro, Wolfendale, Niemoczynski, Johnston, Caputo, and many others. Conversely, one can be a “Speculative Realist” without being a speculative realist, as Graham Harman’s strange and awkward stipulative idealism shows.

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3 Responses to FROM OCCUPY TO MULTIPLY: speculative realism is noone’s property

  1. I have a hard time accepting Feyerabend as a realist! He comes the closest to Wheeler’s It From Bit where Feyerabend says that the different epistemic modalities qua different lifeways elluct interrogate incompatible responses from Nature as a kind of impredicative-in-itself which is not given in advance prior to being effectuated through a life way. I characterize this as an Irrealism (rather than an antirealism).

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    • terenceblake says:

      Feyerabend was a realist from the very beginning to the end of his work. At the end he hesitated a lot on the proper terminology to describe his philosophy, most often describing it as epistemological relativism allied to ontological realism.

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