The Black Gravity Of Sound: An Interview With Eugene Thacker

THE QUIETUS, October 28th 2018 Cited as an influence on Warren Ellis and True Detective, Eugene Thacker's philosophical investigations into the "unthinkable world" find new expression in his latest book for Repeater, Infinite Resignation. Here he talks to Michael Brooks about the horrors of philosophy, music, and film On receiving Eugene Thacker’s latest book Infinite Resignation in… Continue lendo The Black Gravity Of Sound: An Interview With Eugene Thacker

De Maistre, Baudelaire, and Original Sin: between Tyranny and Heresy as Radical Liberty (Joseph Acquisto)

"Freedom is the supreme good only for those animated by the will to heresy." Cioran, Syllogismes de l'amertume * The high stakes of any modern or contemporary discussion of original sin immediately become apparent: quickly divorced from questions of belief, original sin becomes the base of a political theology that veers toward tyranny. The authoritarian conclusions fall back, however,… Continue lendo De Maistre, Baudelaire, and Original Sin: between Tyranny and Heresy as Radical Liberty (Joseph Acquisto)

Tormented by God: The Mystical Nihilism of Emil Cioran (Mirko Integlia)

“Better to never have been born!” This pessimistic declaration has been made at various points in the history of human thought, becoming a true philosophical system beginning with Arthur Schopenhauer in the nineteenth century. It was repeated by various philosophers in subsequent decades, though rarely with the tragic passion of Emil Cioran (1911-1995). A solitary… Continue lendo Tormented by God: The Mystical Nihilism of Emil Cioran (Mirko Integlia)

“Beyond the Suffering of Being: Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett” (Roberta Cauchi-Santoro)

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree in Doctor of Philosophy, University of West Ontario, 2013 Abstract: In this dissertation, I question critical approaches that argue for Giacomo Leopardi’s and Samuel Beckett’s pessimism and nihilism. Beckett quotes Leopardi when discussing the removal of desire in his monograph Proust, a context… Continue lendo “Beyond the Suffering of Being: Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett” (Roberta Cauchi-Santoro)

“The Lonely Landscape: Poetic Existence (Heidegger and Cioran)” (Simon Obirek)

My favourite game of all time is Shadow of the Colossus. I've been playing it a lot, and I made this video essay to illustrate just how much Fumito Ueda and Team ICO say about our existence as human beings. There's a lot of existentialism in the game, which is closer to poetry than video… Continue lendo “The Lonely Landscape: Poetic Existence (Heidegger and Cioran)” (Simon Obirek)

“The irony and obsessions of Cioran’s philosophy” (Marius Nica)

MULTICULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS. Literature and Discourse as Forms of Dialogue Arhipelag XXI Press, Tîrgu Mureș, 2016 [Full text] Abstract: The paper deals with some of the main characteristics of Cioran’s philosophical work and suggests a clear point of view on the so-called pessimistic attitude on life the writer is believed to have constructed. Moreover, the problem… Continue lendo “The irony and obsessions of Cioran’s philosophy” (Marius Nica)

“Emile Cioran and the culture of death” (Tomislav Sunic)

Dr. Tom Sunic, March 14, 2012 Historical pessimism and the sense of the tragic are recurrent motives in European literature. From Heraclitus to Heidegger, from Sophocles to Schopenhauer, the exponents of the tragic view of life point out that the shortness of human existence can only be overcome by the heroic intensity of living. The philosophy… Continue lendo “Emile Cioran and the culture of death” (Tomislav Sunic)