To mark the publication of volumes 2 and 3 of Eugene Thacker’s Horror of Philosophy trilogy, Spoonbill & Sugartown Books hosts an evening with the author.
Following In The Dust Of This Planet – Horror of Philosophy vol. 1 – by Zero Books…
Starry Speculative Corpse
Horror of Philosophy vol. 2:
Could it be that the more we know about the world, the less we understand it? Could it be that, while everything has been explained, nothing has meaning? Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust Of This Planet, Eugene Thacker explores these and other issues in Starry Speculative Corpse.
But instead of using philosophy to define or to explain the horror genre, Thacker reads works of philosophy as if they were horror stories themselves, revealing a rift between human beings and the unhuman world of which they are part. Along the way we see philosophers grappling with demons, struggling with doubt, and wrestling with an indifferent cosmos. At the center of it all is the philosophical drama of the human being confronting its own limits.
Not a philosophy of horror, but a horror of philosophy. Thought that stumbles over itself, as if at the edge of an abyss.
Tentacles Longer Than Night
Horror of Philosophy vol. 3
Our contemporary horror stories are written in a world where there seems little faith, lost hope, and no salvation. All that remains is the fragmentary and occasionally lyrical testimony of the human being struggling to confront its lack of reason for being in the vast cosmos. This is the terrain of the horror genre. Eugene Thacker explores this situation in Tentacles Longer Than Night. Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust Of This Planet, Thacker considers the relationship between philosophy and the horror genre.
But instead of taking fiction as the mere illustration of ideas, Thacker reads horror stories as if they themselves were works of philosophy, driven by a speculative urge to question human knowledge and the human-centric view of the world, ultimately leading to the limit of the human – thought undermining itself, in thought.
Join fellow comrades-in-books at Spoonbill for an evening of discourse and diversion to mark Thacker’s ternion. With geniality for the palate by way of edelfäule, rouge and hock provided by Liberal Studies, NSSR at The New School.