Speculations is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published by punctum books (online and in print-on-demand and e-reader editions) that provides a forum for the exploration of speculative realism and post-continental philosophy. Our aim is to facilitate the discussion about the realist resurgence in contemporary continental philosophy, and to foster links with realisms from the analytic tradition. We accept short position papers, full-length articles, book reviews, and book review essays.
Ever since the turn of the century aesthetics has steadily gained momentum as a central field of study across the disciplines. No longer sidelined, aesthetics has grown in confidence. While this recent development brings with it a return to the work of the canonical authors (most notably Baumgarten and Kant), some contemporary scholars reject the traditional focus on epistemology and theorize aesthetics in its ontological connotations. It is according to this shift that speculative realists have proclaimed aesthetics as "first philosophy" and as speculative in nature. With speculative realism aesthetics no longer necessarily implies human agents. This is in alignment with the general speculative realist framework for thinking all kinds of processes, entities, and objects as free from our allpervasive anthropocentrism which states, always, that everything is "for us."
This special issue of Speculations: A Journal of Speculative Realism explores the ramifications of what could be termed the new speculative aesthetics. In doing so, it stages a three-fold encounter: between aesthetics and speculation, between speculative realism and its (possible) precursors, and between speculative realism in art and literature.
Speculations V includes:
Introduction: Aesthetics after the Speculative Turn, by Ridvan Askin, Andreas Hagler, and Philipp Schweighauser
Part 1: The Art of Theory
Non-Phenomenological Thought, by Steven Shaviro -- Beauty, the Will to Power, and Life as Artwork: Aesthetico-Speculative Realism in Nietzsche and Whitehead, by Theodor Leiber and Kirsten Voigt Sellars -- Contra Deleuze on Intuitive Knowledge, by Matija Jelaca -- Not Kant, Not Now: Another Sublime, by Claire Colebrook -- Speculative Aesthetics and Object-Oriented Inquiry (OOI), by N. Katherine Hayles -- Actual Qualities of Imaginative Things: Notes towards an Object-Oriented Literary Theory, by Jon Cogburn and Mark Allan Ohm -- Speculative Experiments: What if Simondon and Harman Individuate Together? by Miguel Penas Lopez
Part 2: The Theory of Art
Greenberg, Duchamp, and the Next Avant-Garde, by Graham Harman -- Not Objects so Much As Images: A Response to Graham Harman's 'Greenberg, Duchamp, and the Next Avant-Garde,' by Bettina Funcke -- Strategic Invisibility: The Zero Point of Modernism and the Avant-Garde, by Thomas Gokey -- The Anxiousness of Objects and Artworks 2: (Iso)Morphism, Anti-Literalism and Presentness, by Robert Jackson -- The Alien Aesthetic of Speculative Realism, or, How Interpretation Lost the Battle to Materiality and How Comfortable this Is to Humans, by Roberto Simanowski -- Art and Guerrilla Metaphysics: Graham Harman and Aesthetics as First Philosophy, by Francis Halsall -- Images I Cannot See, by Magdalena Wisniowska Disegno -- A Speculative Constructivist Interpretation, by Sjoerd van Tuinen
Ridvan Askin is Postdoctoral Assistant in American and General Literatures at the University of Basel. He has published articles on contemporary North-American fiction and narrative theory and just completed his first book manuscript "Narrative and Becoming: Differential Narratology."
Paul J. Ennis is a writer based in Dublin, Ireland. He is the author of Continental Realism (Zero Books, 2011).
Andreas Hägler is a PhD candidate at the University of Basel's Department of English. He is currently completing his thesis on anglophone experimental literature.
Philipp Schweighauser is Associate Professor and Head of American and General Literatures at the University of Basel. He is the author of The Noises of American Literature, 1890-1985: Toward a History of Literary Acoustics (UP Florida, 2006) and co-editor of three essay collections: Teaching Nineteenth-Century American Poetry (MLA, 2007), Terrorism, Media, and the Ethics of Fiction: Transatlantic Perspectives on Don DeLillo (Continuum, 2010), and Haunted Narratives: Life Writing in an Age of Trauma (U of Toronto P, 2013). He recently completed his second book manuscript "Beautiful Deceptions: European Aesthetics, the Early American Novel, and Illusionist Art, 1750-1828."
The issue can be accessed HERE.