Cosmic Pessimism by Eugene Thacker

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Read Cosmic Pessimism Online Free - “We’re doomed.” So begins the work of the philosopher whose unabashed and aphoristic indictments of the human condition have been cropping up recently in popular culture. Today we find ourselves in an increasingly inhospitable world that is, at the same time, starkly indifferent to our species-specific hopes, desires, and disappointments. In the Anthropocene, pessimism is felt everywhere but rarely given its proper place. Though pessimism may be, as Eugene Thacker says, the lowest form of philosophy, it may also contain an enigma central to understanding the horizon of the human. Written in a series of fragments, aphorisms, and prose poems, Thacker’s Cosmic Pessimism explores the varieties of pessimism and its often-conflicted relation to philosophy. “Crying, laughing, sleeping—what other responses are adequate to a life that is so indifferent?”

Title : Cosmic Pessimism
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ISBN : 193756147X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 55 pages


Michael rated it ★★★★★

December 18, 2016

Wonderful little book which encapsulates the others views of the great pessimists of philosophy; Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Cioran, among others. This is done with brief essays and clever aphorisms dedicated to the "night side of thought", that perpetual "no-saying" to the world, the pessimisti...

tout rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 28, 2016

Feeling pessimistic about pessimism, no-saying no-saying. Why not abandon the sad passions?

Diego rated it ★★★☆☆

October 30, 2017

Este libro es como una recopilación sobre el tema del pesimismo como algo muy importante dentro de la forma de redactar filosofía. Directo hasta la medula.

baby rated it ★★★☆☆

September 15, 2017

this book is very northwest, cute and comforting for those who love to complain, makes me miss the rain, etc. "what is philosophy if not just a bad mood."

Carlos rated it ★★★★☆

November 26, 2017

Demasiado schopenhaueriano, pero ya empieza a apuntar a las teorías de lo no-humano.

Chauncey rated it ★★★★☆

November 21, 2015

This is quite a short book—it just took me about an hour and a half to read through it at a leisurely pace. The text structure is as if Mr. Thacker compiled notes of pessimism he jotted down while he rode the train to work. Instead of providing an exegesis on fundamental pessimism, this book(let?...

Roadie rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 24, 2016

I like some of Thackers other work, but this collection of random thoughts was not on par with that. Some of his thoughts are interesting but most of this (btw NOT a book, a large pamphlet really) is just fleeting thoughts that never really come to a conclusion or come together at all. Skip this....

Ryan rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2018

Engaging, short, and relatively succinct. Sparse citations that chart out an interesting lineage/context for pessimistic thought as it relates to philosophy. Not being a theory head myself, it a point of entry into a long-running discourse and also some interesting writing on the line-level about...

Alexander rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2016

Eugene Thacker's Cosmic Pessimisim is - a charming book. Really, it is. Well, at least as far as books on pessimism go. I mean, don't get me wrong, all the deep, dark notes are here, from the reflections on doom and gloom, musings on failure, fatality and futility, as well as some nice meditation...

Alena rated it ★★★★★

April 06, 2016

Short and to the point. A book like a dagger. Some prior philosophical reading advised.

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