Continental Materialism

Short Summary

In the introduction to the book, The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism, editors Levi Bryant, Nick Srnicek, and Graham Harman describe a movement in contemporary philosophy which they call the speculative turn in response to the linguistic turn. This trend embedded in Continental theorists' writings engages things in the world beyond discourse, social practices, and human finitude in order to address significant questions and problems of today (3). Although the various different contributors of the book have different manners of thinking about continental materialisms. Bryant, Srnicek and Harman write, “all of them, in one way or another, have begun speculating once more about the nature of reality independently of thought and of humanity more generally” (3).

The diversity of the author's view points has driven me to summarize more under the key ideas, concepts, and terms section.


Key Ideas, Concepts, Terms

ontic principle
mathematics = ontology
eliminativist nihilism
transcendental naturalism
object-oriented philosophy


Alan Badiou, Slavo Žižek, Quentin Meillassoux, Graham Harman, Iain Hamilton Grant, Ray Brassier

Authors Drawn on


Bryant, Levi R., Nick Srnicek, and Graham Harman, eds. //The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism//. Melbourne, Victoria, S. Aust.:, 2011.

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