This is book number 1 in the Diaeresis series.
Adrian Johnston’s Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, planned for three volumes, will lay the foundations for a new materialist theoretical apparatus, his “transcendental materialism.” In this first volume, Johnston clears an opening within contemporary philosophy and theory for his unique position. He engages closely with Lacan, Badiou, and Meillassoux, demonstrating how each of these philosophers can be seen as failing to forge an authentically atheistic materialism. Johnston builds a new materialism both profoundly influenced by these brilliant comrades of a shared cause as well as making up for the shortcomings of their own creative attempts to bring to realization the Lacanian vision of an Other-less, One-less ontology. The Outcome of Contemporary French Philosophy yields intellectual weapons suitable for deployment on multiple fronts simultaneously, effective against the mutually entangled spiritualist and scientistic foes of our post-Enlightenment, biopolitical era of nothing more than commodities and currencies.
Adrian Johnston is a professor of philosophy at the University of New Mexico. His previous books include Time Driven: Metapsychology and the Splitting of the Drive (2005), Zizek’s OntologyA Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008), and Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change (2009), all for Northwestern University Press’s Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Series (SPEP).