What is speculative realism

Speculative Realism: Only one thing is certain, everything is damn weird

Philosophical chunks

This program tries to give a brief overview of the philosophical movement "Speculative Realism" and then goes into the texts that deal with ecological issues. You ask yourself how speculative literature can exemplify less destructive ways of living in the world.

One can observe that science fiction and other speculative literature are currently becoming more important in futurology and in mainstream discourses that are critical of politics and society. (This is what my research is about.) But in philosophy you can also find more and more horror, weird fiction, fantasy and science fiction - some currents of so-called “speculative realism” rely heavily on these narratives to support their theses on perception and materialism to formulate and to think about how man can re-understand his-being-in-the-world as being-in-this-world (which is best not to be destroyed).

This program tries to give a brief overview of the philosophical movement "Speculative Realism" and then goes into the (for me, note J.G.) more interesting texts, namely those that deal with ecological issues. You ask yourself how speculative literature can show us less destructive ways of living in the world.

Speculative show notes

Books cited and mentioned (roughly in line with the broadcast)

Graham Harman: Speculative Realism - an Introduction (2018)
Graham Harman: Weird Realism - Lovecraft and Philosophy (2012)
Ray Brassier: Nihil Unbound - Enlightenment and Extinction (2007)
Quentin Meillassoux: Après la finitude - Essai sur la nécessité de la contingence (2006)
Ian Hamilton Grant: Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (2006)
Steven Shaviro: The Universe of Things - on speculative realism (2014)
Gwyneth Jones: The Universe of Things (2011)
Timothy Morton: Hyperobjects (2013)
Brian Willems: Speculative Realism and Science Fiction (2017)
Levi Bryant, Graham Harman, Nick Srnicek (Ed.): The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism (2011)
Donna Haraway: Staying with the Trouble (2016)

The three episodes of Donna Haraway's “tentacular thinking” in the o94 series Superscience Me - Science and Fiction can be found in the archive of Freie Radios (cba.fro.at).

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