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Nihil Unbound

Enlightenment and Extinction

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Destroying the Manifest Image

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ray Brassier
      Pages 3-31
    3. Ray Brassier
      Pages 32-48
    4. Ray Brassier
      Pages 49-94
  3. The Anatomy of Negation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Ray Brassier
      Pages 97-117
    3. Ray Brassier
      Pages 118-149
  4. The End of Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Ray Brassier
      Pages 153-204
    3. Ray Brassier
      Pages 205-239
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 240-275

About this book


This book pushes nihilism to its ultimate conclusion by linking revisionary naturalism in Anglo-American philosophy with anti-phenomenological realism in French philosophy. Contrary to the 'post-analytic' consensus uniting Heidegger and Wittgenstein against scientism and scepticism, this book links eliminative materialism and speculative realism.


American philosophy Ludwig Wittgenstein Martin Heidegger phenomenology philosophy scepticism truth

About the authors

RAY BRASSIER is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Bibliographic information


'[A] powerfully original work which determinedly sets in motion profound and searching questions about philosophy in its relation to the universe described by scientific thought, and to human ends [...] Forcibly disabusing use of the assumption that we have somehow dealt with the problem of nihilism, this book reawakens, and even intensifies the toubling, disruptive power for thought that it once heralded.' - Robin Mackay, Parallax

'Nihil Unbound makes good on many of its promises, chief among them providing the reader a rare experience: actual philosophical discovery [...] Brassier's [...] work provides stunning evidence of at least one of Adorno's contentions: "Thought honors itself by defending what is damned as nihilism."' - Knox Peden, Continental Philosophy Review

'Alain Badiou and Slavoj i ek are the most renowned incarnation of a contemporary European philosophy finally in the process of stepping out from under the shadow of Kantian transcendental idealism and its complex, two-hundred-year aftermath [...] Ray Brassier too is one of the thinkers at the forefront of these exciting new developments.' Adrian Johnston, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology