The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism

2015.02.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Shaviro, The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, Minnesota University Press, 2014, 180pp., $20.00 (pbk), ISBN
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2015.02.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven Shaviro, The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism, Minnesota University Press, 2014, 180pp., $20.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780816689262. Reviewed by Jeffrey A. Bell, Southeastern Louisiana University Steven Shaviro sets out to accomplish two main tasks that serve as a basis for many interesting arguments and connections. First and foremost, Shaviro sets out to defend a version of philosophical realism, or what has come to be called speculative realism whereby what is asserted is not simply the claim that there is a reality independent of our perceptions, thoughts, and opinions regarding this reality, but rather the much more provocative claim that this reality provokes speculation. Shaviro is quite forthright on this point: "any true realism must be speculative. . . . Confronted with the real, we are compelled to speculate . . . we must think outside our own thought, and we must positively conceive the. . .

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