“Nihilism is not an existential quandary but a speculative opportunity.”
Ray Brassier is a philosopher at the American University of Beirut, associated with contemporary philosophies of pessimism and nihilism. Ray is one of the four original founders of the philosophy of speculative realism, a term that he coined himself, though he has disputed the existence of such a movement. Ray is the author of Nihil Unbound, in which he argues that philosophy has been traditonally overconcerned with defending the possibility of meaning, and should instead be utilised to push nihilism to it's ultimate conclusion. Ray is also known for his translations of Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy and Quentin Meillassoux.