Adventures in transcendental materialism : dialogues with by Adrian Johnston

By Adrian Johnston

Given that Bacon, Gallileo and Descartes within the early seventeenth century, the kinfolk among technology and faith in addition to brain and physique have remained unstable fault strains of clash. The controversies surrounding those relatives are as alive and urgent now as at any element over the process the prior 4 centuries.

Adrian Johnston's transcendental materialism bargains a brand new theoretical method of those matters. Arming himself with assets supplied via German idealism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, the lifestyles sciences and modern philosophical advancements, Johnston formulates an account of subjectivity that, even though being either materialist and naturalist, does complete justice to humans as irreducible to normal topic by myself. whilst he argues opposed to relapses into idealisms, dualisms and spiritualisms.

Adventures in Transcendental Materialism elaborates Johnston's place via serious engagements with a few of present day most vital thinkers together with Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Claude Milner, Martin Hägglund, William Connolly, and Jane Bennett

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23. Lukács 1978a: 5, 9, 61–2, 71, 113; Lukács 1978b: 5, 7–10, 31–2, 40, 45, 71–2, 87–8, 99–100, 103, 110; Lukács 1980: i–iv, 1–4, 9–10, 12–13, 20–4, 27, 34–5, 38–9, 42–6, 50, 54–5, 59–60, 67–8, 102–6, 135–6; Johnston 2015. 24. Žižek 2012: 467. 25. : 726, 729, 732. 26. Johnston 2015. 22 Adventures in Transcendental Materialism 27. Fichte 2005: 122; Henrich 2003: 240. 28. Johnston 2013j. 29. Johnston 2013i. 30. Marx 1977: 156. 31. Johnston 2013h. 32. Hegel 1970a: 24; Hegel 1977c: 11. 33. Longuenesse 1981: 14.

16 Despite being comrades-in-solidarity on these points, Žižek and I indeed do diverge from each other in a number of respects. To begin with, whereas he adamantly assigns quantum physics pride of place as the alpha-and-omega scientific discipline on the basis of which materialism today is to be rethought,17 I consider quantum physics by itself to be insufficient to serve as the sole or ultimate referent in the natural sciences for a materialism engaging with these sciences (for more on this disagreement, see Part II below).

The bodies out of which minded agents get produced are, in many ways, very different from physical objects of sizes smaller than cells, molecules, and even atoms. 20 On the more scientific side of things, I suspect that string theory, despite its contentious status as armchair mathematical speculation in relation to the discipline of physics as a modern empirical, experimental science, at least raises questions and casts doubts on some of Žižek’s quantum-physical associations linked to, for instance, the figure of the Big Bang as an explosion of Everything out of Nothing (in the field of string theory, Edward Witten, M-theory, The Latest System-Program of German Idealism 17 and the consequent possibility that the universe is itself part of a much larger multiverse challenge the notion of a nihil as the dark, empty backdrop out of which bursts the Big Bang).

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