Skirmishes: With Friends, Enemies, and Neutrals

FORTHCOMING Spring 2020

In 2002, Graham Harman made his philosophical debut with Tool-Being: Heidegger and the Metaphysics of Objects. This book established Harman as a leading advocate of realism and a spirited proponent of a speculative style of philosophy long foreclosed by the biases of mainstream continental thought. Nearly two decades later, his ideas have spread throughout the[…]

Diseases of the Head

FORTHCOMING Winter 2020

Diseases of the Head is an anthology of essays from contemporary philosophers, artists, and writers working at the crossroads of speculative philosophy and speculative horror. At once a compendium of multivocal endeavors, a breviary of supposedly illicit ponderings, and a travelogue of philosophical exploration, this collection centers itself on the place at which philosophy and[…]

Rhetorical Agency

Published: 11/01/2017

In recent accounts of rhetoric’s storied productivity, commentators have implied, along systematically Kantian lines, albeit with the occasional protestation, that agency must be coextensive with subjectivity. But is that all there is (to 2,500 years’ worth of hypothesizing about the ways in which communication might promote social change)? Les Belikian’s answer, drawing not only on[…]

Other Grounds: Breaking Free of the Correlationist Circle

Published: 09/26/2016

I would venture to suggest that even the meagre amount of knowledge of the use of the self contained in these pages may be sufficient to enable workers in all fields of investigation, whether in biology, astronomy, physics, philosophy, psychology, or any other, to realize that in their researches they have passed over a field[…]

Speculations III

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Published: 09/03/2012

In this third volume of Speculations, a serial imprint created to explore post-continental philosophy and speculative realism, a wide range of topics are covered, from the philosophy of religion to psychoanalysis to the philosophy of science to gender studies, and in a wide variety of formats (articles, interviews, position pieces, translations, and review essays). TABLE[…]

After the “Speculative Turn”: Realism, Philosophy, and Feminism

Published: 10/26/2016

Read an Excerpt — Nina Power’s chapter on “Philosophy, Sexism, Emotion, Rationalism”! Recent forms of realism in continental philosophy that are habitually subsumed under the category of “speculative realism,” a denomination referring to rather heterogeneous strands of philosophy, bringing together object-oriented ontology (OOO), non-standard philosophy (or non-philosophy), the speculative realist ideas of Quentin Meillassoux and Marxism, have provided[…]

Posthuman Lear: Reading Shakespeare in the Anthropocene

Published: 02/26/2016

Part scholarship, part journalism, part ecological screed, this book may read like a mashup of critical perspectives. Like other current investigations into the ecological significance of early modern literature, the account of King Lear offered here draws on different and sometimes contrasting interpretive methods: cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, literary historicism and what is called the new materialism. Moreover, the book reflects on the broad global setting of eco-materialism’s themes of catastrophe and enmeshed co-existence, using contemporary examples from Japan, New Mexico, Finland, and India, all while jumping back to Shakespeare’s early modern England. … Those interested in ecology might not be interested in the history of Renaissance literacy. And those interested in the scholarship on Shakespeare’s King Lear might not be interested in accounts of tsunami stones or radioactive waste sites. But they should be. … Because the proverbial clock is ticking. What Hamlet said about readiness? Well, it’s happening. The sparrow has already fallen.

~Craig Dionne, Posthuman Lear

Speculative Objectivity

FORTHCOMING Winter 2020

The aim of this book is to expound a new philosophy of history, which Michael J. Kelly refers to as ‘speculative objectivity.’ Working through speculative realism, object-oriented ontology and studies of the post-human, Kelly hopes to overcome the traditional paradigm of historical objectivity and its logically false displacement by historical subjectivity. Re-negotiating the positions of[…]