Factuality and the Beyond of God

Attempt at an Inversion of Meillassoux’s Speculative Materialism

  • Sandra Lehmann Webster Vienna Private University/University of Kassel


This article stages the confrontation of two approaches to thinking the absolute. On the one hand, it discusses Quentin Meillassoux’s speculative materialism. In suggesting that there is no ultimate ground of being and that only contingency is necessary, Meillassoux takes the notion of the irreducible character of the absolute to its extreme and aporetic consequences. By contrast, I will outline an alternative account of the absolute. Like Meillassoux, I will suggest that the question of the absolute is intrinsically linked to the question of factuality. Yet, in this case, factuality leads to the notion of the beyond of God as the ground of being, inscribing into being the dynamic of a continuous inner transcendence.

Keywords: factuality, transcendence, philosophy of existence, the absolute, Quentin Meillassoux, speculative materialism

Author Biography

Sandra Lehmann, Webster Vienna Private University/University of Kassel

Position: Adjunct Professor of Philosophy; from April 2019 Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Kassel.

Research Interest: Continental Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Phenomenology.

Recent Publications: “Metaxology and New Realist Philosophy,” in William Desmond’s Philosophy between Metaphysics, Religion, Ethics, and Aesthetics, 77-91. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Die metaphysische Bewegung. Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2014. Wirklichkeitsglaube und Überschreitung. Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2011.

How to Cite
LEHMANN, Sandra. Factuality and the Beyond of God. Diakrisis Yearbook of Theology and Philosophy, [S.l.], v. 2, p. 37-53, may 2019. ISSN 2601-7415. Available at: <http://journals.orth.ro/index.php/diakrisis/article/view/238>. Date accessed: 24 may 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.24193/diakrisis.2019.3.