Neo-Existentialism MARKUS GABRIEL
In this highly original book, Markus Gabriel offers an account of the human self that overcomes the deadlocks inherent in the standard positions of contemporary philosophy of mind. His view, Neo-Existentialism, is thoroughly anti-naturalist in that it repudiates any theory according to which the ensemble of our best naturalscientific knowledge is able to account fully for human mindedness. Instead, he shows that human mindedness consists in an open-ended proliferation of mentalistic vocabularies. What distinguishes this self-portrait from our knowledge of natural reality is that we change in light of our true and false beliefs about the human being. Gabriel’s argument is challenged in this volume by Charles Taylor, Andrea Kern and Jocelyn Benoist. In defending his argument against these and other objections, Gabriel refutes naturalism’s metaphysical claim to epistemic exclusiveness and opens up new paths for future self-knowledge beyond the contemporary ideology of the scientific worldview. MARKUS GABRIEL was born in 1980 and studied in Heidelberg, Lisbon and New York. Since 2009 he has held the Chair for Epistemology at the University of Bonn – and with this appointment he became Germany’s youngest philosophy professor. He is also the director of the International Center for Philosophy in Bonn.
216 x 138mm | 140 pages | October 2018
HB | 978-1-5095-3247-6 £45.00 | $59.95 | €57.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3248-3 £12.99 | $16.95 | €16.90
Speculative Realism An Introduction GRAHAM HARMAN
In 2007, the first Speculative Realism (SR) workshop was held at Goldsmiths, University of London, featuring four philosophers whose ideas were loosely allied. Over the ensuing decade, the ideas of SR spread from philosophy to the arts, architecture, and numerous disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. SR has been arguably the most influential new current in continental philosophy. But what is SR? This book is the first general overview of the movement by one of its original members. Graham Harman provides a balanced but critical assessment of his original SR colleagues, along with a clear summary of his own Object-Oriented Ontology. A number of central philosophical questions tie the four chapters together: What exactly is “correlationism,” the chief enemy of SR? What are the stakes of philosophical realism, and is such realism better served by mathematics and the natural sciences, or by a broader model of cognitive activity that includes aesthetics? This book covers both the historical and conceptual development of the movement, providing a first-rate introduction for students and for general readers interested in the most exciting developments in philosophy today. GRAHAM HARMAN is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (on leave from the American University in Cairo).
229 x 152mm | 190 pages | August 2018
HB | 978-1-5095-1998-9 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-1-5095-1999-6 £17.99 | $24.95 | €23.90