Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2912-2
Publication Date
July 2013
Page Count
280 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism

The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy
Adrian Johnston

Adrian Johnston’s Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, planned for three volumes, will lay the foundations for a new materialist theoretical apparatus, his “transcendental materialism.” In this first volume, Johnston clears an opening within contemporary philosophy and theory for his unique position. He engages closely with Lacan, Badiou, and Meillassoux, demonstrating how each of these philosophers can be seen as failing to forge an authentically atheistic materialism. Johnston builds a new materialism both profoundly influenced by these brilliant comrades of a shared cause as well as making up for the shortcomings of their own creative attempts to bring to realization the Lacanian vision of an Other-less, One-less ontology. The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy yields intellectual weapons suitable for deployment on multiple fronts simultaneously, effective against the mutually entangled spiritualist and scientistic foes of our post-Enlightenment, biopolitical era of nothing more than commodities and currencies. 

About the Author

Adrian Johnston is a professor of philosophy at the University of New Mexico. His previous books include Time Driven: Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive (2005), Žižek’s Ontology A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008), and Badiou, Žižek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change (2009), all for Northwestern University Press’s Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Series (SPEP).


"A massively well-written exposition of three important twentieth (and twenty-first) century French thinkers: Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, and Quentin Meillassoux.”—Crisis and Critique

“In an age where every young philosopher seems ready, based on the shadiest readings of the philosophical tradition, to posit some grand new schema, to treat other philosophers as knaves and fools for not getting on the bandwagon of some supposed new materialism or realism, Johnston’s work should be given the widest reading and engagement. . . . Long after the Lacanian “end of man” in (post)structuralism, Johnston argues against the grain for the implacability of the psychoanalytic subject within the cracks of a materialism that still matters.” —Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy

"Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism has shown that a Humean metaphysics of weak nature offers a promising way forward in establishing a materialist philosophy. Johnston’s subsequent volumes promise to offer a significant contribution to debates in contemporary philosophy and will be eagerly anticipated.” —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews