Conversations on Media, Art and Science
Quentin Meillassoux in English at the Speculative Realism Conference (Episode 5)
(Note: Audio quality improves after the first few minutes of the lecture!) This podcast features French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux's lecture in English at the Speculative Realism conference held at Goldmiths, University of London in 2007. The recent translation of Meillassoux's "After Finitude" and a spate of interpretations of his work have brought him greater recognition in the English-speaking world. As far as I know this is the only recording of him giving a talk in English, however. The audio quality isn't great but there's a certain merit and attraction in hearing philosophers speak in their own words. The conference was co-organized by Ray Brassier and Alberto Toscano and co-sponsored by the journal Collapse. Thanks to Robin Mackay of Collapse for sharing this recording. Go visit Collapse to learn more about Meillassoux's work, the conference and speculative realism, or get your hands on After Finitude. Due to problems with the recording I strongly recommend consulting the transcripts as you listen. They were published in Collapse and can be downloaded here. Depending on what kind of PDF viewer you have, the Meillassoux transcripts start on page 408 or 103.
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Music courtesy STEREO TOTAL.
Poster from original conference courtesy Collapse.