Now You Can Be One of the Cool Kids Too (Ray Brassier Edition)


Ray Brassier’s Nihil Unbound which is prohibitively expensive and rare in a book form is now found in an online form over here. If you register on the site, you can download it as a PDF. Now go read it, sons and daughters, and become “speculative realists” on your own time, without the help of evangelists and theirs eager cronies.

[h/t to Nina Power and her forthcoming book]

17 thoughts on “Now You Can Be One of the Cool Kids Too (Ray Brassier Edition)

    • I wouldn’t be so sure, I remember reading it last year, had to finish it soon since it was interlibrary loan book, remember it was interesting, but also quite turgid, so I’m looking forward to giving it another read at a more relaxed pace.

  1. The only sections of NU which rival Alien Theory in terms of difficulty are those on Laruelle and Deleuze/Heidegger. And maybe some of the Badiou chapter… Oddly, reading NU right after AT felt almost too easy. Almost like a ‘popular science’ version of the ‘real’ theoretical work going on in AT, if that makes any sense.

  2. I got the definite feeling in AT that the inquisitive layperson was not part of the audience – even one with a background in Philosophy. Philosophy is probably like science in that way – at some point, the ideas are too involved, and the accepted paradigms are too big to get any real work done while writing to anyone who is not also in the field.

    It’s fun to thrash my way through it anyway🙂.

  3. Asher: “Philosophy is probably like science in that way – at some point, the ideas are too involved, and the accepted paradigms are too big to get any real work done while writing to anyone who is not also in the field.”

    Kvond: Something said of Medieval Theology as well.

  4. There’s a paperback of this coming out soon. Don’t waste your printer ink — why not wait to get a nice shiny paperback copy for yourself? Then you *will* look cool!

  5. Well, I’ve got the hardback, am never without it when frequenting coffee shops, and I can testify that what Mikhail says is true.

  6. “And beautiful strangers in coffee shops will nod approvingly at you and ‘So, how unbound is your nihil, if you know what I mean?'”

    You’re totally my hero now. Just sayin’.

      • I hocked all my bounded nihil down at the pawnshop last year and seem to have lost the loan stubb. . . I was going to ask to borrow some of yours Mikhail, but now realize that was probably both presumptions slightly orientalizing. In my defense, it wasn’t my idea. I was complaining to my wife about being low in the bounded nihil department (shh! don’t tell her about the pawn shop) and she said, “What about the Russian guy who made you read that book. Ask him; I’m sure he’s got plenty of of bounded nihil to spare. Don’t Russians get extra of that stuff or something?

        I tried to tell her that she can’t project a whole national ethos from one unfinished Dostoevsky book, but what am I going to do?

      • Sure she can, Jon, unfinished Dostoevsky novels are the richest source of national ethos deduction since, well… Dostoevsky. Another good source is also a “I know this Russian guy” type of stories.

  7. I misplaced my nihil recently. My wife said it was probably under the couch cushions. I tried to explain that that was logically impossible, but she wasn’t having it. She asked where I was when I last used it, which leads me to believe that she is an evil correlationist.

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