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By Quentin Meillassoux

After Finitude presents readings of the heritage of philosophy and units out a critique of the unavowed fideism on the center of post-Kantian philosophy. writer Quentin Meillassoux introduces a philosophical substitute to the pressured selection among dogmatism and critique. After Finitude proposes a brand new alliance among philosophy and technological know-how and demands an unequivocal halt to the creeping go back of religiosity in modern philosophical discourse

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What is it that permits mathematical discourse to bring to light experiments whose material informs us about a world anterior to experience? We do not deny that this paradox has the appearance of a sheer contradiction – the redoubtable problem posed to us by the archefossil consists precisely in holding fast to this contradiction the better eventually to expose its illusory character. In order to think science’s 26 A N C E S T R A L IT Y ancestral reach, we must explain why this contradiction is merely apparent.

More particularly, one thereby begins to grasp that science thinks a time in which the passage from the non-being of givenness to its being has effectively occurred – hence a time which, by definition, cannot be reduced to any givenness which preceded it and whose emergence it allows. In other words, at issue here is not the time of consciousness but the time of science – the time which, in order to be apprehended, must be understood as harbouring the capacity to engender not only physical things, but also correlations between given things and 21 af t er f i n i t u d e the giving of those things.

But although these forms are fixed, they constitute a fact, rather than an absolute, since I cannot ground their necessity – their facticity reveals itself with the realization that they can only be described, not founded. But this is a fact that – contrary to those merely empirical facts whose being-otherwise I can experience – does not provide me with any positive knowledge. For if contingency consists in knowing that worldly things could be otherwise, facticity just consists in not knowing why the correlational structure has to be thus.

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