• The New Novelty: Corralation as Quarantine in Speculative Realism and New Materialism

    Author(s):
    Jonathan Basile (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Environmental Humanities, Philosophy, Science Studies and the History of Science
    Subject(s):
    Deconstruction, New materialism, speculative realism, Jacques Derrida
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M63T9D63V
    Abstract:
    The foundational gesture of New Materialism and Speculative Realism dismisses vast swaths of past philosophy and theory in order to signify their own avant-garde status. The violence of this gesture, which tries to corral difference within past texts in order to feign its own purity, can be considered as a theoretical quarantine. Examples of medical and spiritual quarantine, the 2014 ebola epidemic and Jesus’ temptation, are analyzed to show that the figure is inherently compromised – the harder one fights to keep the other away, the more one becomes inseparable from it. Derrida's reflections on the reactions against deconstruction show that this desire for progress is always inherently conservative; Meillassoux and Jane Bennett are considered as contemporary examples. A deconstruction of corralation and the academico-capitalist forces driving these ‘innovations’ might open us to reading the never-simply-past text, and to the possibility of the event.
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