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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (Zero Books) (December 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184694385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846943850
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Ennis is a great surrogate for the reader, asking questions that you have in mind as the interviews develop, and the dialogue themselves are approachable to both the lay reader and expert alike. Pick up this book and grab a front seat to those whose work will be in short order the landmarks of our post-Continental futures. (Peter Gratton, Assistant Professor, University of San Diego)

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Paul Ennis is currently an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences research scholar at University College, Dublin.

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By Veronica on April 20, 2014
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This book is an integration of wonderfully done interviews with those from this vein of philosophy. For anyone interested in philosophy or rhetoric, this is a must read.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas D. Jenkins on November 26, 2010
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We just received our copy of Paul Ennis's fantastic Post-Continental Voices: Selected Interviews from Zero Books. (Zero Books, we should note, is fast becoming this decades go to selection for thrilling new thought, much like we used to turn to Continuum.)

Though we still find ourselves returning to the continent to touch the land, to taste the salt, to drink its wine, we also recognize the inevitability and and indeed the necessity of moving beyond the artificial dialectic of us and them (thus and em). To some extent, speculative realism is offering this, though it is yet to emerge as a "formed" movement.

The first interview is with Graham Harman who is emerging as the founder of speculative realism, or at least as the more cogent, clear Meillassoux. Harman is a professor of philosophy at American University Cairo and has perhaps written more about Heidegger than most. What is interesting about these interviews is they are not simply theory based, not dense, unworkable talks in which a substantial understanding of their work is necessary; instead Harman discusses his own intellectual development, his struggles in graduate school, his Everestic assault on reading the entire Gessamtausgabe, and the new directions he sees philosophy taking. Of special note, he emphasizes the importance of looking at North America's unique contributions to "continental" thought, and draws attention to the work of Alphonso Lingis, who, Harman says, "took phenomenology in any sort of realist direction."

The rest of the interviews are with the "lesser known" thinkers in the movement--Jeffrey Malpas, whom Ennis claims has "instigated an entire new direction in Heidegger scholarship, Ian Bogost, Levi Bryant, Stuart Elden, Adrian Ivakhiv and Lee Braver.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 5, 2011
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What's happening in philosophy now? Anyone standing outside the academy without access to piles of expensive journals may find this a very difficult question to answer. The increased institutionalization and specialization of knowledge has left the general reader a bit stranded in terms of keeping up with the bleeding edge of research. Some claim say that the latest books often contain revelations two or more years old. The writing and publishing that follows research takes time, after all. So even new releases may not reveal the freshest magma from the trench. Blogging has helped bridge the gap somewhat as researchers often give peeks into projects on their internet blogs. Some of them even interview other researchers and post these on their own blogs. This in fact was the genesis of "Post-Continental Voices," a scintillating but all too short release from Zero Books. Though a very interesting and engaging read, the book's minuscule girth may cause its spine to vanish between copies of "Being and Time" and "The Complete Works of Plato." At 105 pages a strong breeze could send it flying. But, as the saying goes, size shouldn't matter. The contents of this emaciated volume matter far more. And what the book lacks in brawn it makes up for in substance.

Seven short interviews feature thinkers currently engaged in philosophical research, whether within philosophy departments or not. The themes become salient very quickly, in particular "Speculative Realism" and "Object-Oriented Philosophy." Though these terms never really get defined, the book does give a high-level context, thus providing a sort of an introduction to this emerging field. Heidegger also figures in nearly all the interviews, as the interviewer reveals, along with other personal preferences, in the introduction.
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