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Cosmic Pessimism

2015
Author:

Eugene Thacker

Distributed for Univocal Publishing

Cosmic Pessimism

“A philosophy exists between the axiom and the sigh. Pessimism is the wavering, the hovering.”

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. Cosmic Pessimism explores the varieties of pessimism through a series of fragments, aphorisms, and prose poems.

“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?”

Cosmic Pessimism

Eugene Thacker is the author of several books, including In The Dust of This Planet. He teaches at the New School in New York.

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