Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion are hosting their second international conference, “Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy, and the End of Religion,” June 29th - July 1st 2012, at Liverpool Hope University, UK.
Keynote speakers include Catherine Malabou, Ray Brassier, Iain Hamilton Grant, and Levi Bryant.
Here’s the Call for Papers:
“The contemporary end of metaphysics is an end which, being sceptical, could only be a religious end of metaphysics.” Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency (London: Continuum, 2008).
Meillassoux identifies the ‘turn to religion’ in contemporary continental philosophy with a failure of thinking. The Kantian refusal to think the absolute leads to scepticism about reality in itself. Ironically, this lends itself to ‘fideism,’ the decision to project religious meaning on to the unknowable beyond.
According to Meillassoux, a philosophy obsessed with mystery becomes the accomplice of irrational faith. The solution is to find ways of once more thinking the absolute in its reality, severed from its dependence upon a knowing subject, or upon language and social norms. At the same time, new possibilities for thinking religion (exemplified by Meillassoux’s own Divine Inexistence) are emerging.