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recent trends in philosophy

Note: This list/outline was created by a professor I respect very much on the topic of new/recent trends in philosophy and theory. The professor said this list was, “a brief overview of recent work in post-postmodernism.” Don’t let the term “post-postmodernism” turn you off or anything, he just used it as a place-holder for lack of a better term. 


 -Badiou’s work (along with other neo-Lacanians and neo-Marxists such as Zizek) has accelerated certain trends and also showed certain critical limitations within modern European philosophy

-The trends that he has helped to accelerate are: the turn to ontology and the return to radical politics

-The critical limitations within his work and modern European philosophy as a whole: Eurocentrism and anthropocentrism

1. The neo-Nietzscheans:
a. Following Badiou, the general sense is that the phenomenological tradition is exhausted (Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida)
b. A return to the Nietzschean heritage is needed
c. Among the leaders of this approach are: Bataille and Deleuze
d. The leading thought here is immanence (think abandoned nature and humans after the death of God)
e. Key contemporary thinkers are DeLanda and Henry
f. The political version of this thought is outlined in Hardt and Negri, Virno, and Agamben

2. SR/OOO (Speculative Realism/Object Orientated Ontology)
a. Ontology is now back on the radar
b. Even though postmodernism pays lip service to ontology, it places a premium on ethics and politics
c. This opens the door to people who believe that the same kind of focus and rigor needs to be applied to ontology
d. There are various versions of this return to ontology
e. Graham Harman (post-Heideggerian)
f. Meillassoux (post-Badiouan)
g. Ian Hamilton Grant (post-Lyotardian)
h. Ray Brassier (neo-materialist)

3. Decolonial
a. The radical political and neo-Marxist aspects of post-postmodernism are not radical enough according to some critics
b. The stories that are told about history and emancipation distort the real history of capitalism
c. There is a colonial dimension to the development of capitalism as a world system and modernity as a worldview
d. And colonialism is essentially genocidal, destructive, and needs to be left behind
e. Fanon: “the European game is definitely finished. It’s necessary to find something else”
f. The task is to limit/stop capitalism and modernity, create space for other ways of living, and recover alternative ways of knowing (epistemology), viewing the world (ontology), relating (ethics), organizing social life (politics), and so on
g. Fausto Reinaga, “Neither Marx nor Christ, we need to think with our own heads”
h. The most influential thinkers in philosophy along these lines are Fanon, Walter Mignolo, Anibal Quijano, Enrique Dussel, and Maria Lugones

4. Post-anthropocentrism
a. Derrida raises the idea that Western metaphysics and culture is not just about the European white man (race, gender, culture) but also about the European white male human

b. But the critique of anthropocentrism is dropped by Badiou and Zizek and co. in the name of what can only appear to be a kind of dogmatic anthropocentric voluntarism

c. Recent theorists and activists work on this limit and try to push beyond it in view of animals, nature, and the non-human/post-human more generally

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