Contemporary interest in realism and naturalism, emerging under the banner of speculative or new realism, has prompted continentally-trained philosophers to consider a number of texts from the canon of analytic philosophy. The philosophy of Wilfrid Sellars, in particular, has proven remarkably able to offer a contemporary re-formulation of traditional "continental" concerns that is amenable to realist and rationalist considerations, and serves as an accessible entry point into the Anglo-American tradition for continental philosophers. With the aim of appraising this fertile theoretical convergence, this volume brings together experts of both analytic and continental philosophy to discuss the legacy of Kantianism in contemporary philosophy. The individual essays explore the ways in which Sellars can be put into dialogue with the widely influential work of Quentin Meillassoux, explaining how—even though their methods, language, and proximal influences are widely different—their philosophical stances can be compared thanks to their shared Kantian heritage and interest in the problem of realism. This book will be appeal to students and scholars who are interested in Sellars, Meillassoux, contemporary realist movements in continental philosophy, and the analytic-continental debate in contemporary philosophy.
Table of Contents
1. After Kant, Sellars, and Meillassoux: Back to Empirical Realism?
James R. O’Shea
2. Sellars and Meillassoux: a Most Unlikely Encounter
3. Correlation, Speculation, and the Modal Kant-Sellars Thesis
4. Speculative Materialism or Pragmatic Naturalism?: Sellars contra Meillassoux
Carl B. Sachs
5. How to Know that we Know? The contemporary Post-Kantian problem of a priori synthetic judgments
6. Toward the Thing-in Itself: Sellars’ and Meillassoux’s Divergent Conception of Kantian Transcendentalism
7. A Plea for Narcissus. On the Transcendental Reflexion /\ Refraction Mediation Tandem
8. Speculating the Real: On Quentin Meillassoux’s Philosophical Realism
9. ‘It is not until we have eaten the apple’: Forestalling the Necessity of Contingency
10. Puncturing the Circle of Correlation: Rationalism, Materialism, and Dialectics
Fabio Gironi holds an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has published numerous articles on realism in contemporary continental philosophy, on Wilfrid Sellars, and on Quentin Meillassoux.
"The volume does achieve something important: it demonstrates that Meillassoux's speculative materialism is not an eccentric position to be found in some far-off corner of continental philosophy, but a serious and interesting position that should be engaged by those who stand in other traditions of contemporary philosophy." – Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"This book takes up the contemporary legacy of Kant and his transcendental idealism in dialogue with two of his most influential recent interpreters: Wilfrid Sellars and Quentin Meillassoux. Though situated on different sides of the analytic/continental divide, both of these philosophers’ interpretations have revitalized the discussion of Kant’s philosophy and its associated metaphysics and transformed it for contemporary philosophical discussion. This is the first book to bring Sellars’ and Meillassoux’s respective treatments of Kant explicitly into dialogue and, as such, will be essential in laying the groundwork for a twenty-first century discussion of Kant’s epistemology and metaphysics beyond the analytic/continental divide." —Paul M. Livingston, University of New Mexico, USA