Science and Ideology Revisited: Necessity, Contingency and the Critique of Ideologies in Meillassoux and Malabou

Turner, Ben (2018) Science and Ideology Revisited: Necessity, Contingency and the Critique of Ideologies in Meillassoux and Malabou. Theory & Event, 21 (4). ISSN 1092-311X.

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Abstract

Political thought influenced by post-structuralism rarely invokes ideology critique as a meaningful category of analysis, criticising the structuralist attribution of contingency and necessity to, respectively, ideology and science. This article will challenge this position utilising recent philosophical considerations of necessity and contingency that rehabilitate ideology critique. Drawing on scientific materials, both Quentin Meillassoux and Catherine Malabou develop a form of necessity inhabited by contingency. It will be argued that this work allows a reconsideration of the usefulness of science for ideology critique in a manner that doesn’t rely on an attribution of scientific necessity to the politics of the critic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Ideology; Critique; Quentin Meillassoux; Catherine Malabou; New Materialism; Speculative Realism
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Centre for Critical Thought
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Ben Turner
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 09:41 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67086 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Turner, Ben: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2529-7213
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