Interview with Ray Brassier in Kronos (via Mark Kelly). Brassier is the translator of Meillassoux’s After Finitude and author of Nihil Unbound. He was one of the four original speakers (with Meillasoux, Graham Harman and Iain Hamilton-Grant) at the ‘Speculative Realism’ event in London. The most striking, even astonishing, moment is this:
KRONOS: How would you describe your ‘love-affair’ with the
speculative realists movement?
RB: The ‘speculative realist movement’ exists only in the imaginations of a group of bloggers promoting an agenda for which I have no sympathy whatsoever: actor-network theory spiced with pan-psychist metaphysics and morsels of process philosophy. I don’t believe the internet is an appropriate medium for serious philosophical debate; nor do I believe it is acceptable to try to concoct a philosophical movement online by using blogs to exploit the misguided enthusiasm of impressionable graduate students. I agree with Deleuze’s remark that ultimately the most basic task of philosophy is to impede stupidity, so I see little philosophical merit in a ‘movement’ whose most signal achievement thus far is to have generated an online orgy of stupidity.