In the Dust of This Planet

In the Dust of This Planet

In this book Eugene Thacker suggests that we look to the genre of horror as offering a way of thinking about the unthinkable world.

Author: Eugene Thacker

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781780990101

Category: Philosophy

Page: 179

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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.
Categories: Philosophy

How to Read a History Book

How to Read a History Book

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Author: Marshall T. Poe

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781785356469

Category: History

Page: 152

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A deconstruction of the modern history book as artifact, How to Read a History Book explains who writes history books, how the writers are trained, and why they write them. It also discusses genre, bias (political and otherwise) and how to read history books between the lines. Written for undergraduates, intro graduate students and anyone with an informed interest in the subject, How to Read a History Book demonstrates that, rather than being objects that fall from the sky, history books are actually socially-constructed artifacts reflecting all the contradictions of modern meritocratic capitalism.
Categories: History

Escape Philosophy

Escape Philosophy

In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy, Volume 1. Winchester: Zer0 Books, 2011. ———. Infinite Resignation. London: Repeater Books, 2018. ———. “Sound of the Abyss.” In Melancology: Black Metal Theory and Ecology, ...

Author: Roy Christopher

Publisher: punctum books

ISBN: 9781685710620

Category: Music

Page: 165

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We are all perpetually holding ourselves together. Our breath, our blood, our food, our spit, our shit, our thoughts, our attention-all tightly held, all the time. Then at death we let it all out, oozing at once into the earth and gasping at last into the ether. The physical body has often been seen as a prison, as something to be escaped by any means necessary: technology, mechanization, drugs and sensory deprivation, alien abduction, Rapture, or even death and extinction. Taking in horror movies from David Cronenberg and UFO encounters, metal bands such as Godflesh, ketamine experiments, AI, and cybernetics, Escape Philosophy is an exploration of the ways that human beings have sought to make this escape, to transcend the limits of the human body, to find a way out. As the physical world continues to crumble at an ever-accelerating rate, and we are faced with a particularly 21st-century kind of dread and dehumanization in the face of climate collapse and a global pandemic, Escape Philosophy asks what this escape from our bodies might look like, and if it is even possible. Roy Christopher is an aging BMX and skateboarding zine kid. That's where he learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. He has since written about music, media, and culture for everything from self-published zines and personal blogs to national magazines and academic journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Savannah, Georgia. As a child, he solved the Rubik's Cube competitively.
Categories: Music

Global Powers of Horror

Global Powers of Horror

Where You Dream, ̄ no page given. 126 Eugene Thacker, In the Dust of this Planet: Horror of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Winchester: Zero Books, 2011), p. 9. 127 Ibid., p. 8. 128 Ibid., p. 9. 129 Ibid., p. 5. 130 Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: ...

Author: Francois Debrix

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317533825

Category: Political Science

Page: 148

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Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of horror, into horror’s intricacies, and into their deployment on and through human bodies and body parts. To track horror’s work, what horror decomposes and, perhaps, recomposes, Debrix goes beyond the idea of the integrality and integrity of the human body and it brings the focus on parts, pieces, or fragments of bodies and lives. Looking at horror’s production of bodily fragments, both against and beyond humanity, the book is also about horror’s own attempt at re-forming or re-creating matter, from the perspective of post-human, non-human, and inhuman fragmentation. Through several contemporary instances of dismantling of human bodies and pulverization of body parts, this book makes several interrelated theoretical contributions. It works with contemporary post-(geo)political figures of horror—faces of concentration camp dwellers, body parts of victims of terror attacks, the outcome of suicide bombings, graphic reports of beheadings, re-compositions of melted and mingled remnants of non-human and human matter after 9/11—to challenge regimes of terror and security that seek to forcefully and ideologically reaffirm a biopolitics and thanatopolitics of human life in order to anchor today’s often devastating deployments of the metaphysics of substance. Critically enabling one to see how security and terror form a (geo)political continuum of violent mobilization, utilization, and often destruction of human and non-human bodies and lives, this book will be of interest to graduates and scholars of bio politics, international relations and security studies.
Categories: Political Science

The Forbidden Body

The Forbidden Body

Sex, Horror, and the Religious Imagination Douglas E. Cowan. Strassman, Rick. DMT: The Spirit Molecule ... Foundations of Fear, volume 1. Edited by David Hartwell, 335–401. ... In the Dust of This Planet. Horror of Philosophy, volume 1.

Author: Douglas E. Cowan

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9781479803101

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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"Throughout history, the religious imagination has attempted to control nothing so much as our bodies: what they are and what they mean; what we do with them, with whom, and under what circumstances; how they may be displayed-or, more commonly, how they must be hidden. Religious belief and mandate affect how our bodies are used in ritual practice, as well as how we use them to identify and marginalize threatening religious Others. This book examines how horror culture treats religious bodies that have stepped (or been pushed) out of their 'proper' place. Unlike most books on religion and horror, This book explores the dark spaces where sex, sexual representation, and the sexual body come together with religious belief and scary stories. Because these intersections of sex, horror, and the religious imagination force us to question the nature of consensus reality, supernatural horror, especially as it concerns the body, often shows us the religious imagination at work in real time. It is important to note that the discussion in this book is not limited either to horror cinema or to popular fiction, but considers a wide range of material, including literary horror, weird fiction, graphic storytelling, visual arts, participative culture, and aspects of real-world religious fear. It is less concerned with horror as a genre (which is mainly a function of marketing) and more with the horror mode, a way of storytelling that finds expression across a number of genres, a variety of media, and even blurs the boundary between fiction and non-fiction. This expanded focus not only deepens the pool of potential examples, but invites a much broader readership in for a swim"--
Categories: Literary Criticism

Night

Night

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Author: Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781789042788

Category: Philosophy

Page: 136

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This short book engages the myriad dimensions of Night, through ancient rituals, medieval storytelling, modern philosophy, and futuristic images, in order to explore the human experience of the after-dark. It thereby tracks Night through the prisms of its most fascinating practitioners: namely, those who keep strange hours and navigate the various potentialities of nocturnal experience (both of terror and enchantment). The Thief’s Night; The Runaway’s Night; The Drunkard’s Night; The Insomniac’s Night; The Revolutionary’s Night; The Lunatic’s Night; The Sorcerer’s Night. Undoubtedly, each of these conceptual figures provides a unique gateway into understanding the powerful sensorial effects of evening, as well as its vast connections to larger questions of time, space, fear, nothingness, desire, death, forgetting, vision, secrecy, criminality, monstrosity, and the body.
Categories: Philosophy

A Serf s Journal

A Serf s Journal

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Author: Terry Tapp

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781785351204

Category: Political Science

Page: 144

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Recalling the JeffBoat incident of 2001, A Serf's Journal is Terry Tapp's formidable first-hand account of American workers in Jeffersonville, Indiana, as they fought a multinational company and their corrupt union to stage the longest wildcat strike in US history.
Categories: Political Science

Advancing Conversations

Advancing Conversations

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Author: Srećko Horvat

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781785354977

Category: Philosophy

Page: 96

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In a world dominated by capitalism which is dangerously sliding into a new kind of fascism, Srećko Horvat's new book explores the concept of subverting the dominant paradigm in politics, technology and love. Drawing from his own experience of participating in different protest movements all around the world, working closely with WikiLeaks and being one of the protagonists of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025, Horvat resists the prevailing melancholy of the Left by offering new political imagination beyond traditional concepts. Instead of the tension between horizontal movements or vertical political parties, “Subversion!” opts for a radical dialectics of both methods as the only way out of our current deadlock. If there is a crack in everything, the way to use the light that gets in is constructive subversion.
Categories: Philosophy

Neglected or Misunderstood

Neglected or Misunderstood

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Author: Stuart Walton

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781785353833

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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While Theodor Adorno has continued to be influential since his death in 1969, his very centrality has led to the left simplifying his ideas while the right placed him at the center of a myriad of wild conspiracy theories, all of them filed under the category of Cultural Marxism. Adorno has wrongly been blamed for everything from the Beatles to postmodernism, but he has continued to be read, if read badly. Stuart Walton's introduction to Adorno attempts to explain how this idiosyncratic thinker reframed elements of the Hegelian-Marxist dialectical in the fields of philosophy, sociology, politics and aesthetics and to rectify some of the major misunderstandings about Adorno and the Frankfurt School. When Walton began studying Adorno at Oxford in 1983 he felt that Adorno was nowhere in the English-speaking world, but that he should be everywhere. Now Adorno is everywhere, but hardly anywhere sufficiently or deeply understood.
Categories: Philosophy

Anatomy of Thought Fiction

Anatomy of Thought Fiction

... the genre of horror as a way of thinking about the unthinkable. Paperback: 978-1-84694-676-9 ebook: 978-1-78099-010-1 Capitalist Realism Is there no alternative? ... In the Dust of This Planet Horror of Philosophy vol. 1 Eugene Thacker.

Author: Joanna Demers

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781785355530

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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In the year 2214, the Center for Humanistic Study has discovered an unpublished manuscript by Joanna Demers, a musicologist who lived some two centuries before. Her writing interrogates the music of artists ranging from David Bowie and Scott Walker to Kanye West and The KLF. Questioning how people of the early twenty-first century could have believed that music was alive, and that music was simultaneously on the brink of extinction, light is shed on why the United States subsequently chose to eliminate the humanities from universities, and to embrace fascism...
Categories: Fiction