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Ray Brassier on Philosophy’s Task:

“If we are to avoid collapsing the investigation of being into the interpretation of meaning we must attain a proper understanding of what it is for something to *be* independently of our conceiving, understanding, and interpreting its being. But this will only be achieved once we possess a firm grip on the origins, scope, and limits of our ability to conceive, understand, and interpret *what* things are. Meaning cannot be invoked either as originary constituent of reality (as it is for Aristotelian essentialism) or as originary condition of access to the world (as it is for Heidegger’s hermeneutic ontology): it must be recognized to be a conditioned phenomenon generated through meaningless yet tractable mechanisms operative at the sup-personal (neurocomputational) and supra-personal (sociocultural and sociohistorical) level…The Critical acknowledgment that reality is neither innately meaningful nor inherently intelligible entails that the capacities for linguistic signification and conceptual understanding be accounted for as processes within the world – processes through which sapient creatures gain access to the structure of a reality whose order does not depend upon the conceptual resources through which they come to know it.”

Essay: Concepts and Objects in “The Speculative Turn”: p. 48-49

Beginning the excavation enterprise takes this quote serious with all its rigor and clarification.

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