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The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

Steven Shaviro


This book is the first general book to look at the current philosophical trend known as Speculative Realism. It also compares this philosophy to the work of early-twentieth-century philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. Speculative Realism insists upon the actuality of things or objects apart from the ways that our own (human) minds relate to them and understand them; it is thus part of what has been called the Nonhuman Turn in recent thought. The book gives an explication of the main tenets of Speculative Realism, and engages in close examination of several of its main figures: most notably, Gra ... More

Keywords: Speculative Realism, Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux, Alfred North Whitehead, Continental Philosophy, Post-structuralist Theory, Aesthetics, Panpsychism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816689248
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816689248.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Shaviro, author
Professor, Department of English, Wayne State University