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Towards a religious speculative materialism: a critique of Meillassoux's 'Virtual' God

Towards a religious speculative materialism: a critique of Meillassoux's 'Virtual' God

Urpeth, Jim (2012) Towards a religious speculative materialism: a critique of Meillassoux's 'Virtual' God. In: Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion, 28 Jun - 1 Jul 2012, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper sketches a critical response to Meillassoux's articulation of a 'philosophical divine' in "Spectral Dilemma" and 'The Divine Inexistence'. Reference is also made to his critical discussion of the 'return of religion' in 'After Finitude'. Meillassoux's overlooking of the (atheistic) religious possibilities of an ontology of contingency is highlighted and his avowals of messianism, hope and justice interrogated. The issue of the place of 'religion' within 'speculative materialism' is raised in relation to the question of how to conceive a religion of immanence.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Paper presented in parallel session at 'Thinking the Absolute: Speculation, Philosophy and the End of Religion' - an international conference of the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion - held 28 June to 1 July 2012, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: philosophy of religion, Meillassoux, speculative materialism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8477

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