Speculative realism is a newly-emerging philosophical mode of inquiry that attempts to think outside of the deadlocks of continental and analytic philosophy, primarily with a non-anthropocentric metaphysics and the ontological equalization of human and non-human experiences of reality.
Their main target consists of all those philosophies (from positivism to deconstruction, phenomenology to naive scientific objectivity) "according to which we only ever have access to the correlation between thinking and being, and never to either term considered apart from the other" (Meillassoux).
Some questions for Speculative Realists might be: what is an object? Why do we think we cannot know objects? How do objects know each other? Howcan we think of the human and the inorganic in the same or similar terms? What does our inevitable non-existence tell us about the world? How are worlds without human thought knowable by us?
While some claim that there are at least four major trends within Speculative Realism, represented by Harman, Meillassoux , Brassier, and Grant, these authors tend to be sympathetic to, in varying degrees: Bruno LaTour, Whitehead, Hume, HP Lovecraft, Deleuze, Badiou, Lacan, cognitive science, Schelling and Husserl.
This class would be a two-meeting reading and discussion group focusing on parts of the following texts (all available on aaaarg.org):
- Graham Harman's "Guerilla Metaphysics"
- Ray Brassier's "Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction"
- After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency
As well as several of the blogs that have cropped up around Speculative Realism:
I can facilitate, but not "teach" these texts.
Check out the Wikipedia Page for more info: