Brassier is Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North London in 1995. He received his master’s degree in 1997 and in 2001 his Ph.D., both from the University of Warwick.
Brassier is known for his work on philosophical realism, the view that an object we perceive is “really out there” and external to our perception, as opposed to an idealist view which holds that the object is known only in our minds, as a sense perception (or a concept). Brassier’s treatment of philosophical realism is known as “speculative realism,” distinguishing it from historical treatments that were subject to attack from modern philosophical schools like phenomenology and post-modernism. Interestingly, Brassier has defended nihilism—the view that the universe has no intrinsic meaning—on grounds that it represents an opportunity to understand the universe, and should not be regarded as a problem for philosophy.
Brassier’s notable books include Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction. He is also the translator of Alain Badiou’s Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism, Theoretical Writings, and Quentin Meillassoux’s After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency.
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