Speculation: Politics, Ideology, Event develops Hegel’s radical perspective of speculative thought as a way of reclaiming and revitalizing the sense of the future and its possibilities. Engaging with such figures as Alain Badiou, Quentin Meillassoux, Ernesto Laclau, Slavoj Žižek, and Fredric Jameson, Glyn Daly articulates the distinctness of speculative philosophy and draws its implications for new debates in areas of science, politics, capitalism, ideology, ethics, and the event.
In a confrontation with today’s fatalistic milieu, principal emphasis is given to Hegel’s idea of infinity as the intrinsic dimension of negativity within all finitude. Against the modern era’s paradigmatic tendency to externalize social problems in the form of antagonism and Otherness, Daly argues for a renewal of utopian thought based on Hegelian reconciliation and the affirmation of excess as the essence of all being. On these grounds, he advances a new kind of political imagination that in speculative terms centers on uncompromising notions of truth and reason.
Introduction: Speculation 1. Hegel’s Speculative Universe: Correlationalism, Contingency, and Necessity 2. Politics and Totality 3. The Veil of Ideology 4. Capital 5. Class Struggle 6. A Touch of Evil: Ethics and Event 7. Speculative Utopia
GLYN DALY is an associate professor in international relations and politics in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Northampton. He is the coauthor of Conversations with Zizek.
"Just as Hegel distinguishes endless infinity from true infinity, Glyn Daly distinguishes pragmatic speculation under the aegis of finance capitalism from philosophical speculation oriented toward the truth of events. In this precise sense, his brilliant new book isn’t highly speculative; it's a speculative high." —Andrew Cutrofello, author of All for Nothing: Hamlet's Negativity
"While Daly clearly aims to make a scholarly case for speculative reason and its value as a critical approach, his development of examples from popular culture throughout the book (including The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Maze Runner, and Borat, to name but a few) make his arguments more accessible to a broad audience than would be expected in a monograph of this kind. Highly recommended." —Choice
“Daly’s book stuns with its complexity, but its elegance lies in the simplicity of the speculative. . . . Dazzling.” —Sergio Valverde, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
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