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In the Dust of This Planet

In the Dust of This Planet

Paperback Horror of Philosophy

By (author) Eugene Thacker

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  • Publisher: Zero Books
  • Format: Paperback | 179 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 26 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Ropley
  • ISBN 10: 184694676X
  • ISBN 13: 9781846946769
  • Sales rank: 21,312

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The world is increasingly unthinkable, a world of planetary disasters, emerging pandemics, and the looming threat of extinction. In this book Eugene Thacker suggests that we look to the genre of horror as offering a way of thinking about the unthinkable world. To confront this idea is to confront the limit of our ability to understand the world in which we live - a central motif of the horror genre. In the Dust of This Planet explores these relationships between philosophy and horror. In Thacker's hands, philosophy is not academic logic-chopping; instead, it is the thought of the limit of all thought, especially as it dovetails into occultism, demonology, and mysticism. Likewise, Thacker takes horror to mean something beyond the focus on gore and scare tactics, but as the under-appreciated genre of supernatural horror in fiction, film, comics, and music. This relationship between philosophy and horror does not mean the philosophy of horror, if anything, it means the reverse, the horror of philosophy: those moments when philosophical thinking enigmatically confronts the horizon of its own existence. For Thacker, the genre of supernatural horror is the key site in which this paradoxical thought of the unthinkable takes place.

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Eugene Thacker has written on science fiction, horror, continental philosophy, politics, culture, science and technology. He is associate professor of media studies at the New School in New York, and is scholar-in-residence at the Miskatonic University's Institute for Shoggothic Atheology in Israel.

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Thacker's discourse on the intersection of horror and philosophy is utterly original and utterly captivating...In the Dust of This Planet is an encyclopedic grimoire instructing us in the varieties of esoteric thought and infernal diversions that exist for the reader's further investigation, treating us to a delightful stroll down a midway of accursed attractions that alone are worth the ticket of this volume. (Thomas Ligotti, author of The Conspiracy Against the Human Race)