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Metaphysics or Metaphors for the Anthropocene? Scientific Naturalism and the Agency of Things

Patrick Gamez
Online erschienen: 25.09.2018 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0014

Abstract

In this paper, I provide the outlines of an alternative metaphilosophical orientation for Continental philosophy, namely, a form of scientific naturalism that has proximate roots in the work of Bachelard and Althusser. I describe this orientation as an “alternative” insofar as it provides a framework for doing justice to some of the motivations behind the recent revival of metaphysics in Continental philosophy, in particular its ecological-ethical motivations. In the second section of the paper, I demonstrate how ecological-ethical issues motivate new metaphysicians like Bruno Latour, Jane Bennett, Timothy Morton, Ian Bogost, and Graham Harman to impute to objects real features of agency. I also try to show how their commitments lead to deep ambiguities in their metaphysical projects. In the final section, I outline a type of scientific naturalism in Continental philosophy that parallels the sort of naturalism championed by Quine, both conceptually and historically, and suggest that it might serve our ecological-ethical purposes better.

Keywords: speculative realism; vital materialism; environmental ethics; non-anthropocentrism; Bachelard; Althusser; Continental philosophy

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Erhalten: 17.06.2018

Angenommen: 31.07.2018

Online erschienen: 25.09.2018

Erschienen im Druck: 01.09.2018


Quellenangabe: Open Philosophy, Band 1, Heft 1, Seiten 191–212, ISSN (Online) 2543-8875, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0014.

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