Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers

2014.12.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Adrian Johnston, Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers, Edinburgh University Press,
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2014.12.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Adrian Johnston, Adventures in Transcendental Materialism: Dialogues with Contemporary Thinkers, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 358pp., $39.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780748673292. Reviewed by John Protevi, Louisiana State University Adrian Johnston's work in this new volume of essays is challenging, erudite, and very important. He seeks to bring Hegel, Marx, Freud, and Lacan into contact with certain non-reductionist, non-determinist programs in the life sciences and neurosciences (the pair "epigenetics and neuroplasticity" appears at several points) in order to distinguish his work from that of his closest, though friendly rivals. These are Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, Catherine Malabou, Quentin Meillassoux, Markus Gabriel and Martin Hägglund. He also has a rather more oppositional, and indeed sometimes polemical, relation with those he deems neo-Spinozist, here represented by Iain Hamilton Grant, Jane Bennett,. . .

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