The Speculative Turn


News of the Speculative Turn anthology have hit the blog waves. There is now a holding page for the forthcoming book on the site, and Levi Bryant provides the genealogy.

Levi Bryant, Nick Srnicek and Graham Harman (editors) (Forthcoming), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. Melbourne,


Continental philosophy has entered a new period of ferment. The long deconstructionist era was followed with a period dominated by Deleuze, which has in turn evolved into a new situation still difficult to define. However, one common thread running through the new brand of continental positions is a renewed attention to materialist and realist options in philosophy. Among the current giants of this generation, this new focus takes numerous different and opposed forms. It might be hard to find many shared positions in the writings of Badiou, DeLanda, Laruelle, Latour, Stengers, and Zizek, but what is missing from their positions is an obsession with the critique of written texts. All of them elaborate a positive ontology, despite the incompatibility of their results. Meanwhile, the new generation of continental thinkers is pushing these trends still further, as seen in currents ranging from transcendental materialism to the London-based speculative realism movement to new revivals of Derrida. As indicated by the title The Speculative Turn, the new currents of continental philosophy depart from the text-centered hermeneutic models of the past and engage in daring speculations about the nature of reality itself. This anthology assembles authors, of several generations and numerous nationalities, who will be at the center of debate in continental philosophy for decades to come.


  • Alain Badiou
  • Ray Brassier
  • Nathan Brown
  • Levi Bryant
  • Gabriel Catren
  • Manuel DeLanda
  • Iain Hamilton Grant
  • Martin Hägglund
  • Peter Hallward
  • Graham Harman
  • Adrian Johnston
  • Francois Laruelle
  • Bruno Latour
  • Quentin Meillassoux
  • Nicole Pepperell
  • Nick Srnicek
  • Isabelle Stengers
  • Alberto Toscano
  • Slavoj Žižek

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