“The Benefits of Being a Suicidal Curmudgeon: Emil Cioran on Killing Yourself” – Glenn M. TRUJILLO JR

Southwest Philosophy Review 37(1): 219-228, 2021 Abstract: Emil Cioran offers novel arguments against suicide. He assumes a meaningless world. But in such a world, he argues, suicide and death would be equally as meaningless as life or anything else. Suicide and death are as cumbersome and useless as meaning and life. Yet Cioran also argues… Continue lendo “The Benefits of Being a Suicidal Curmudgeon: Emil Cioran on Killing Yourself” – Glenn M. TRUJILLO JR

“Pessimism, Futility and Extinction”: An Interview with Eugene Thacker – Thomas DEKEYSER

Theory, Culture & Society, 2020, Vol. 37(7–8) 367–381 Abstract: In this interview with Thomas Dekeyser, Eugene Thacker elaborates on the central themes of his work. Addressing themes including extinction, futility, human universalism, network euphoria, political indecision and scientific nihilism, the interview positions Thacker’s work within the contemporary theoretical conjuncture, specifically through its relation to genres… Continue lendo “Pessimism, Futility and Extinction”: An Interview with Eugene Thacker – Thomas DEKEYSER

“Look on the dark side” – Mara von der LUGT

AEON Magazine We must keep the flame of pessimism burning: it is a virtue for our deeply troubled times, when optimism is a vice In the 17th and 18th centuries, a group of Western philosophers came to clashes, on the page at least, over the age-old problem of evil: the question of how a good… Continue lendo “Look on the dark side” – Mara von der LUGT

Should We Stop Having Babies? Antinatalism Explored | Einzelgänger

Is it better never to have been? Some people believe it would indeed be better if no sentient life came into existence. Antinatalism is the philosophical viewpoint that procreation is morally wrong. And therefore, we should avoid it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ_8fw6-S8A Some antinatalists think only humans should stop having children; others believe that all sentient beings would… Continue lendo Should We Stop Having Babies? Antinatalism Explored | Einzelgänger

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 Freedom” – 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, into a… Continue lendo “De Maistre, Baudelaire, and Original Sin: between Tyranny and Heresy as Radical Freedom” – 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)