A Religious End of Metaphysics? Heidegger, Meillassoux and the Question of Fideism

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Jussi Backman analyzes Quentin Meillassoux’s conception of the fideistic approach to religious faith intrinsic to the “strong correlationism” that he considers pervasive in contemporary thought. Backman presents the basic elements of Meillassoux’s “speculative materialism” and especially the thesis according to which strong correlationism involves a “fideistic” approach to religiosity. In doing so, Backman critically examines Meillassoux’s notions of post-metaphysical faith, religious absolutes, and contemporary fanaticism, especially against the background of Heidegger’s philosophy. According to Backman, Meillassoux’s logical and conceptual critique of strong correlationism is innovative, and it may remain legitimate if its presuppositions are accepted. And yet, Backman argues that Meillassoux’s allegations of fideism seem to rely on the questionable application of Enlightenment conceptions to the contemporary situation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Faith
Subtitle of host publicationHeidegger between Nietzsche and Wittgenstein
EditorsAntonio Cimino, Gert-Jan van der Heiden
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781501321238
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA3 Book chapter


  • continental philosophy
  • philosophy of religion
  • fideism
  • correlationism
  • speculative materialism
  • ontotheology
  • Martin Heidegger
  • Quentin Meillassoux


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