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It’s a shame no further volumes recorded as Eugene Thacker has Eyes to See and helps one to digest the Nihilistic Foundations of our world in which demons seem to be a poetic substitution in my opinion. The aim of my questions is not to win the argument or to make you believe what I believe but to provoke thinking. So, it sounds like your way of putting things reduces the phenomenal/noumenal dualism to a kind of monism. Thacker's earlier works adopt approaches from the philosophies of science and technology, and examine the relation between science and science fiction. By contrast, the world-without-us cannot co-exist with the human world-for-us; the world-without-us is the subtraction of the human from the world.

Plus, find other cool things we did in the past — like miniseries, music videos, short films and animations, behind-the-scenes features, Radiolab live shows, and more. Could such a cosmological view be understood not simply as the view from inter-stellar space, but as the view of the world-without-us, the Planetary view? Here, Thacker centers an anonymous poem that circulated online as a jumping point for considering how a mysticism of the unhuman could help us address the climatological, meteorological, and geological world that is so much in crisis today. So all what we are perceiving or experiencing is a distorted, false and misleading representation of noumenon presented to us by our limited faculties of cognition. Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation, co-authored with Alexander Galloway and McKenzie Wark (University of Chicago Press, 2013), pp.Much of modern philosophy, according to Thacker, has been enmeshed in anthropocentric thinking, which ultimately centers the human subject as the center of thought and experience.

If you are looking for an pop-cultural intro into modern nihilism (or are stuck in a self-harming downwards spiral of "entry level" nihilism) you are likely to enjoy it too. Thacker’s central idea is that horror literature brings us to the edge of thought, as it brings us to the very limit of human thought and forces us to consider the world apart from the human. For me, it would have been nice if Thacker carried through with one single, cohesive approach throughout. Actually, it starts with an episode of Radiolab, the brilliant podcast created by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, illuminating science and thought, knowledge and curiosity.

If, however, one is completely uninterested in the connections between philosophy, horror, and mystical theology, then this book will probably not engage your interest at all. Thus, this chapter is broken into two main explorations of this kind of anti-humanism, as Thacker explores the use of the magic circle in literature as a boundary between the natural and supernatural ( Lectio 1-3) and the utilization of motifs such as blobs, slime, ooze, mists, and clouds as manifestations of the hidden world without the use of mediation ( Lectio 4-6). Similarly, Thacker has written a series of essays on "necrology", defined as the decay or disintegration of the body politic. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University.

Horror, fashion, and the end of the world … things get weird as we explore the undercurrents of thought that link nihilists, beard-stroking philosophers, Jay-Z, and True Detective. During the course of this sixty books challenge, you will find that very few reviews of books will start with the mention of Jay-Z. ThackerPaperback: 978-1-78279-891-0 eBook: 978-1-78279-890-3 •[ Zero Books ] Tentacles Longer Than Night Horror of Philosophy vol. We may understand this in a general sense as that which we cannot control or predict, or we may understand it in more concrete terms as the ozone, carbon footprints, and so on. This entry was posted in Film and Philosophy, Uncategorized and tagged Eugene Thacker, existentialism, film and philosophy, Horror, horror of philosophy, In the Dust of This Planet, meaning of life, nihilism, philosophy, philosophy of horror.

Thacker’s discourse on the intersection of horror and philosophy is utterly original and utterly captivating…In the Dust of This Planet is an encyclopedic grimoire instructing us in the varieties of esoteric thought and infernal diversions that exist for the reader’s further investigation, treating us to a delightful stroll down a midway of accursed attractions that alone are worth the ticket of this volume. The world-in-itself may co-exist with the world-for-us – indeed the human being is defined by its impressive capacity for not recognizing this distinction.

The cover of In the Dust of this Planet can be seen in a New York gallery, on a banner at the 2014 Climate Change march in New York and on Jay-Z’s back promoting Run. We can even abbreviate these three concepts further: the world-for-us is simply the World, the world-in-itself is simply the Earth, and the world-without-us is simply the Planet.the author offers short readings of various pieces of literature, television shows, movies and even of Carl Schmitt! I was sent here from Radiolab and I was initially very excited about it, as I am generally very agreeable to and interested in nihilism.

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