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?”
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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...
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?...
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....
May 28, 2016
Feeling pessimistic about pessimism, no-saying no-saying. Why not abandon the sad passions?
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...
April 06, 2016
Short and to the point. A book like a dagger.
Some prior philosophical reading advised.
August 11, 2016
I more think of how I feel when I am reading a book rather than what the book actually said.
December 30, 2015
Nothing particularly mind-blowing, but it's nice to see a "poppy" examination of pessimism.
January 24, 2016
Are you into pessimism? If yes, then you should definitely read this one. Beautifully crafted.