If philosophy begins in wonder, then where does it end? What is its end? Aristotle said that while it begins in wondrous questioning, it ends with “the better state” of attaining answers, like an itch we get rid of with a good scratch or a childhood disease that, once gotten over, never returns. How depressing! Why can’t a good question continue being questionable or, in a more literal translation of the German, “question-worthy?” As Heidegger puts it, “philosophical questions are in principle never settled as if some day one could set them aside.” Couldn’t we learn from questions without trying to settle them, resolve ourselves to not resolving them? Couldn’t wisdom be found in reconciling ourselves to its perpetual love, and never its possession? Wittgenstein once wrote that “a philosophical problem has the form: ‘I don’t know my way about,’” which was the symptom of the deep confusion that constituted philosophy for him. But Heidegger loved wandering aimlessly in the woods, following Holzwege or paths that lead nowhere, stumbling onto dead-ends which could also be clearings.
–Lee Braver, “On Not Settling the Issue of Realism”
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–TABLE OF CONTENTS–
PART I: REFLECTIONS
On Not Settling the Issue of Realism
Politics and Speculative Realism
Levi R. Bryant
The Current State of Speculative Realism
Eileen A. Joy
Speculative Realism: Interim Report with Just a Few Caveats
The Future of an Illusion
Realism and Representation: On the Ontological Turn
PART II: PROPOSALS
The Meaning of “Existence” and the Contingency of Sense
Post-Deconstructive Realism: It’s About Time
Points of Forced Freedom: Eleven (More) Theses on Materialism
Realism and the Infinite
Paul M. Livingston