I am holding onto the SR name until May…

Some people give robust reasons for using certain nominations for movements such as what has been dubbed “speculative realism,” from depictions of the history of certain terms to arguments over the need to reuse older terms that have taken on negative connotations. I, however, simply say that I’m using speculative realism for the very reason that I’m running a course on that topic until May. Thus, I will not even begin to construct reasons for or against this term. I take it as a fact that SR exists. And unquestionably so. We’ll see what I think in June. Here’s the relevant discussion from Larval Subjects:

For a while now I’ve argued that “speculative realism does not exist”. Among the four major thinkers within the SR movement, the only overlap is a rejection of epistemological correlationism, a critique of anthropocentrism in all its forms, and an affirmation of some variant of realism. Apart from that, the various positions are quite opposed in the specific claims that they make. With Brassier, for example, you get a robust Modernist naturalism. Not so with OOO. With OOO you get an ontology composed of objects where humans, cultural beings, natural objects, etc., are all equally treated with the dignity of being real. With Grant an ontology composed of powers where “somatism” (the treatment of being in terms of objects) is treated as a metaphysical error. With Meillassoux you get a hyper-chaos that is somehow segmented or stratified. These are all radically different ontological proposals.