By Quentin Meillassoux
From the preface by way of Alain Badiou: it's no exaggeration to claim that Quentin Meillassoux has unfolded a brand new course within the background of philosophy, understood right here because the historical past of what it really is to grasp ... This awesome ""critique of critique"" is brought the following with no embellishment, slicing directly to the center of the problem in a very transparent and logical demeanour. It permits the future of considered absolutely the once again. ""This paintings is likely one of the most crucial to seem in continental philosophy lately and merits a large readership on the earliest attainable date ... Après l. a. finitude is a vital ebook of philosophy through an authnted rising voices in continental concept. Quentin Meillassoux merits our shut realization within the future years and his e-book merits speedy translation and common dialogue within the English-speaking international. there's not anything like it."" -Graham Harman in Philosophy at the present time Quentin Meillassoux's impressive debut makes a strikingly unique contribution to modern French philosophy and is decided to have an important impression at the way forward for continental philosophy. Written in a method that marries nice readability of expression with argumentative rigour, After Finitude presents daring readings of the background of philosophy and units out a devastating critique of the unavowed fideism on the center of post-Kantian philosophy. the phenomenal lucidity and the centrality of argument in Meillassoux's writing may still attract analytic in addition to continental philosophers, whereas his critique of fideism might be of curiosity to an individual preoccupied via the relation among philosophy, theology and faith. Meillassoux introduces a startlingly novel philosophical substitute to the pressured selection among dogmatism and critique. After Finitude proposes a brand new alliance among philosophy and technology and demands an unequivocal halt to the creeping go back of religiosity in modern philosophical discourse.
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That is what the common knowledge, in this case, concerns. A collective belief, however, is supposedly a belief of the group. Intuitively, that each member of the group personally believes p does not make the belief that p a belief of the group, and the addition of common knowledge as in the complex account does not change this. The group plays no essential role in such a set-up. An example may help to back this up. Suppose—as seems likely—that that every member of a given philosophy department believes that ants are smaller than elephants.
The marching band case illustrates the point that individual beliefs may be kept private. Do we find that the marching band does not believe that driving at speeds over 50 mph is dangerous only because the band members’ beliefs are private? It seems not: even if every member of the band knows about the belief of every other member this does not seem enough: each member may think he is the only one with this piece of knowledge. 5 See Gilbert (1989: ch. 5) on this point and for further discussion of Durkheim (1895) on collective belief.
16 As understood here, to have reason to do something is not necessarily to have a reason to do it, where having a reason implies that some good will come of one’s doing it. See Gilbert (2006: ch 2). g. Gilbert (2006: ch. 2). g. Gilbert (2006: ch. 7) for further discussion. 12 M. Gilbert and M. Priest Let us go back now to the plural subject account of collective belief. Given this account, if Max and Tom form a plural subject of believing that p, each of them is obligated to the other to do his or part in believing that p as a body.