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Infinite Resignation: On Pessimism
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Eugene Thacker
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Infinite Resignation: On Pessimism

Eugene Thacker



History of Western philosophy;
Popular philosophy


400 pages

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The author of the contemporary classic, In the Dust of This Planet, is back with another raw and unsettling look at the human condition.
Comprised of aphorisms, fragments, and observations both philosophical and personal, Thacker’s new book traces the contours of pessimism, caught as it often is between a philosophical position and a bad attitude. Reflecting on the universe’s “looming abyss of indifference,” Thacker explores the pessimism of a range of philosophers, from the well-known (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Camus), to the lesser-known (E.M. Cioran, Lev Shestov, Miguel de Unamuno).

Readers will find food for thought in Thacker’s handling of a range of themes in Christianity and Buddhism, as well as his engagement with literary figures (from Dostoevsky to Thomas Bernhard, Osamu Dazai, and Fernando Pessoa), whose pessimism about the world both inspires and depresses Thacker. By turns melancholic, misanthropic, and darkly funny, (“Birth is a metaphysical injury - healing takes time - the span of one's life”), many will find Infinite Resignation a welcome antidote to the exuberant imbecility of our times.

By:   Eugene Thacker
Imprint:   Watkins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm, 
Weight:   367g
ISBN:   9781912248193
ISBN 10:   1912248190
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   November 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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

When life gives us lemons, Thacker refuses to make lemonade. Rather he adds lemon juice to the ink pot, and proceeds to write with an acerbic clarity - and even touches of black humor - about the predicament of being human. Infinite Resignation is an extended and eloquent sigh; not only for the absurd state of things, but also for the misfortune of being able to perceive these in such stark and fluorescent detail. In darkly dwelling with the essential antagonisms of existence, Thacker channels the spirits of Schopenhauer and Cioran, and in doing so, obliges us all to face the profoundly prosaic horror of persisting. -- Dominic Pettman, author of Human Error: Species Being and Media Machines

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