Knowing, Counting, Being: Meillassoux, Heidegger and the Possibility of Science

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 28 (3):335-345 (2014)
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In his book After Finitude, Quentin Meillassoux criticizes post-Kantian philosophy for its inability to explain how science is able to describe a world without human beings. This paper addresses that challenge through a consideration of Heidegger’s thought and his thinking about science. It is argued that the disagreement between Meillassoux and Heidegger comes down to a question of first philosophy and the priority of logic or ontology in philosophy. Ultimately, Heidegger’s emphasis on ontology in philosophy is superior in its ability to give a more comprehensive account of science and thinking about things themselves.
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