By Quentin Meillassoux
In Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction, Quentin Meillassoux addresses the matter of chaos and of the fidelity of common legislation within the context of literature. along with his ordinary argumentative rigor, he elucidates the excellence among technological know-how fiction, a style during which technological know-how is still attainable despite the entire upheavals which can attend the area during which the story occurs, and fiction outside-science, the literary inspiration he models during this e-book, a fiction during which technological know-how turns into most unlikely. With its investigations of the philosophies of Hume, Kant, and Popper, Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction broadens the inquiry that Meillassoux all started in After Finitude, pondering during the concrete probabilities and effects of a chaotic international during which humans can now not hotel to technological know-how to flooring their life. it's a major milestone within the paintings of an rising thinker, for you to entice readers of either philosophy and literature. The textual content is through Isaac Asimov’s essay “The Billiard Ball.”
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17 Regardless of whether Barjavel had read this pamphlet or not, we see that the idea, and the barely masked phantasmic wish for the disappearance of modern science— symbolized by electricity—was in the air, or in a certain air, for at least twenty years. We should not conceal the rather inglorious context in which this XSF-2 tale was produced. But we should add that a successful work always surpasses the sum of the prejudices of its era and even of its author. What makes Ravage more interesting as an adventure novel than its retrograde conceptions is first of all, as we said, that Barjavel never provided the reason for the cataclysm and did not interpret the phenomenon according to his ideological preferences.
Ravage” is an ambiguous title; the term never appears in the novel and can thus designate the effects of a decaying civilization as much as the earthquake of its collapse. Deschamps, at the end of an exodus leading a troop of survivors, thus returns to his native land to establish a rural community in which a healthy ignorance will prevent any return to a corrupting knowledge. W. Leibniz, Philosophical Essays, trans. Roger Ariew and Daniel Garber (Hackett Publishing, 1989), 39. 53 In this sense, Barjavel’s extro-science fiction results from an entire political landscape that was widespread in his time and that was hostile to science because it was hostile to the whole of modernity.
What prevents us, after all, from imagining extro-science worlds that are much more stable and therefore much more interesting than those described by Kant? Why, exactly, can we not imagine worlds that are not subject to necessary laws; thus worlds that are unstable, capable here or there of absurd behavior, but regular on the whole, although their regularity does not result in any way from necessary causal processes? In other words, what allows Kant to exclude the possibility of worlds that are in fact broadly regular, but have an approximate regularity, not derived from any universal law?
Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction (Univocal) by Quentin Meillassoux