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.
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).
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.