© 2012, Geran Wales
This paper seeks to frame the proper place for the empirical phenomenon of human meaning in the scientifically disenchanted world described by Ray Brassier. I embrace Brassier’s statement that “Nihilism is not an existential quandary but a speculative opportunity” but disagree with his injunction that human meaning is unimportant. Meaning should be an object of philosophy insofar as we are biologically bound to experiencing the world in a meaningful way. Brassier’s work is exciting for its application of rigorous analytic techniques to continental discourse, in a manner that makes contributions to both metaphysics and philosophy of science.
Wales, Geran (2012) "Meaning and (F)act: Ray Brassier’s Speculative Nihilism and its Implications for Dialectics," Res Cogitans: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 12.