Fantastic MUN interview with Hamilton Grant here.
Interesting to hear Hamilton Grant early in the interview characterize the speculative turn in terms of the revolt against linguisticism, which is how Mark Ohm and I present things in the paper where we characterize Speculative Realism as a what happens when people with knowledge of German Idealism and post-structuralism wake up to the commonalities between phenomenology and logical positivism. Grant's take on Deleuze as Fichte without the subject is really interesting in this context, especially since: (1) De Landa's realist take on Deleuze came out in the same year as Harman's realist reading of Heidegger, and (2) since Grant's own views seem so Simondonian/Deleuzian to people who take objects to be primary.
The name "Speculative Realism" doesn't come up explicitly until 27:03. Hamilton Grant gives his account of the history. Initially he thought the only thing in common was a Kantian rejection of the primacy of epsitemology over ontology, but now finds more commonalities with Brassier as an attempt to secure naturalism without scientism. This fits pretty well with Robert Jackson's view that the early revolt against continental neo-Kantianism essentially split into a naturalist and romantic strain (fwiw I'm firmly in the latter camp).
Ridvan Askin, Andreas Hägler, and Philipp Schweighauser defended a similar view as Jackson's in their fascinating introduction introduction to the edition of Speculations that they edited. Askin, et. al. conclude their essay:
Contra Kulenkampff (and contra the transcendental rationalist wing of speculative realism), however, speculative realism’s transcendental empiricists testify to the ongoing relevance of the Kantian and post-Kantian tradition as can be witnessed in their central reworking of the transcendental and the importance of figures such as Schelling and Kant himself. Let us be clear on this point, then, and state it as succinctly as possible: speculative aesthetics in the twenty-first century is German Idealism redux.
Cool stuff. Joe Bob says to check it out.