Must a philosophy of life be materialist, and if so, must it also be a philosophy of immanence? In the last twenty years or so there has been a growing trend in continental thought and philosophy and critical theory that has seen a return to the category of immanence. Through consideration of the work of thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Catherine Malabou, Francois Laruelle, Gilles Deleuze and others, this collection aims to examine the interplay between the concepts of immanence, materialism and life, particularly as this interplay can highlight new directions for political inquiry. Furthermore, critical reflection on this constellation of concepts could also be instructive for continental philosophy of religion, in which ideas about the divine, embodiment, sexual difference, desire, creation and incarnation are refigured in provocative new ways. The way of immanence, however, is not without its dangers. Indeed, it may be that with its affirmation something of importance is lost to material life. Could it be that the integrity of material things requires a transcendent origin? Precisely what are the metaphysical, political and theological consequences of pursuing a philosophy of immanence in relation to a philosophy of life? This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Something in the Air: An Introduction to Immanent Materialisms and the Unbounded Earth 1. Spirit in the Materialist World: On the Structure of Regard 2. Contingency without Unreason: Speculation after Meillassoux 3. Religious Immanence: A Critique of Meillassoux’s "Virtual" God 4. The Profanation of Revelation: On Language and Immanence in the Work of Giorgio Agamben 5. Idealism without Idealism: Badiou’s Materialist Renaissance 6. Prolegomena to a Materialist Humanism 7. Mere Life, Damaged Life and Ephemeral Life: Adorno and the Concept of Life 8. Creative Becoming and the Patiency of Matter: Feminism, New Materialism and Theology 9. Nature Deserves to be Side by Side with the Angels: Nature and Messianism by Way of Non-Islam 10. The Art of the Absolute: Relations, Objects, and Immanence
Charlie Blake is currently visiting Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture at the University of West London and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Brighton. He has published most recently on the topology of serial killing, ahumanism, music and hypostition and the greater politics of barnacles, bees and werewolves.
Patrice Haynes is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool Hope University, UK. She publishes in the area of continental philosophy of religion, feminist philosophy and, recently, African philosophy. She is currently working on her second monograph, provisionally titled Animist Humanism: West African Religious Traditions and Decolonising Philosophy of Religion.