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.
"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