The Conspiracy Against the Human Race has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Are you one of those hardcore True Detective fans held in thrall by. In Thomas Ligotti’s first nonfiction outing, an examination of the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life through an insightful, unsparing argument. ‚ÄúThere is a signature motif discernible in both works of philosophical pessimism and supernatural horror. It may be stated thus: Behind the.

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When inspiration fails, he has the technique to fake it.

Whether this horrible gift was endowed by a supernatural agency or evolutionary development, it long ago metastasized, inflating itself to absurd proportions that cannot be reconciled to the bestial beings in which it is forced to reside.

A perfect, black gem of existential dread and despair. Those purely interested in The Conspiracy Against The Human Race may as well stop here, but I believe this claim demands a little context and backtracking. If only all philosophy were written like this. This is part of that fashionable philosophical negativity that insists on ego death as a good, that there is no Self really and that we have no self determination – a fashionable petit-bourgeois stance.

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So for advice with that I turned to an acquaintance of mine, Chicago horror author Richard Thomas ; and among the other contemporary writers he encouraged me to sample was Thomas Ligotti, who I had already vaguely heard of as, cojspiracy, “The best horror writer you’ve never heard of” and “the horror writer all the other horror writers wished they were. I’m obviously late to this, but thank you.

He is cohspiracy unrelenting in his effort to push ideas to their logical conclusions. If you’re used to the guruism of optimistic thinking, positive thinking’s much talked about power, this book may be your cure.

Which finally leads the book to horror, which is the perfect expression of the pessimistic view that life is malignantly meaningless.

Maybe we only consider this line of thought useless as a sort of defense mechanism. When these arguments are fresh they shoulder his perspective very well. Ligotti makes the point that very few of us would be willing to be born in the past because of conditions there, but none of us take the viewpoint of the future and spare our child from being born now rather than, say, conzpiracy a hundred years when suffering might be less.


He writes like horror incarnate. Because, as we have seen in the case of Breivik another gloomy Norwegianthe death instinct is a material factor in the near-infinite variation to be found within the species and it can act. Not necessarily because, as Ligotti stipulates, that without the consciousness of death there would never have been a supernatural horror story written, but because fear of the unknown and not conspirach death is a coping mechanism on a subconscious level which activates instinctually to protect us from danger.

Adam McKay’s gonzo Dick Cheney biopic satire, Vice, won’t be compared to Shakespeare, but it shares the Bard’s disinterest in supervillains’ motivations. Instead, like all humans materialistic and religious alike they try to force their subjective experience on the objective and call it a day. The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

Not recommended to the shiny, happy people, but is recommended for those wishing for a deeper view of cosmic horror. The implication is that the human race should eventually genocide itself through ligottk. The alternatives are clear: The fact I don’t agree does not diminish the dark grandeur of this boo Thomas Ligotti is currently the best writer of English prose.

The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of A brilliant exposition of Ligotti’s philosophy and the most credible description of what the uncanny and horror are about. He just assumes a priori that the suffering at the end of life outweighs anything good that could possibly happen. Until then, my happy ass is outta here. This is the subject of many lengthy consiracy, but in short, nihilism and postmodernism both got much of their manna from the second world war, though the first had really already set that in motion– the massive projects that had promised an idealized Utopian future brought instead war, death, genocide, and then after, the process of man being turned into machine.

Thomas Ligotti

View all 6 comments. The problem strikes me as this. He has no right to impute negative value donspiracy meaninglessness if someone can accept conzpiracy of meaning and live well. It’s like he’s some post-human creature who manages to live not comfortably but still alive in a world without any hint of any kind of hope or comfort. All thought that pretends to discover truth is but an expression of the will to power By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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And indeed, the fundamental flaws of human consciousness might make that nearly impossible, but Ligotti doesn’t even make a pretense of trying.

‘The Conspiracy Against the Human Race’ Is a Therapuetic Work of Hardcore Literary Pessimism

Maybe the secret lies in the acerbic wit that draws together high philosophy and Lovecraftian horror fiction to paint a complex image of the dread lurking at the center of things. Similarly, Ligotti is prepared to face off the nature of evolved human consciousness and be ‘logical’ about it.

This is part of the regimen of nonsense that conspirscy forced upon us.

This is not ever to say that Mr. If to be alive is not all right, how can reading a book be as bleakly comforting as this one is? In as much as a state of affairs can only be a neutral state onto which we project our subjective interpretations, it would not necessarily be ominous to one and all. Oct 21, Wynne Katherine marked it as ahh-how-about-no.

This does not mean we should embrace Ligotti’s cosmic anti-humanism, but this book shows the seriousness of that vision which is often wrapped in Lovecraftian cults and alien gods. It isn’t satirical hyperbole, like A Modest Proposal. Philosophers and theorists such as Ray Brassier and Eugene Thacker, regardless of what you think of pigotti work, do logotti that one should talke Ligotti seriously, even when he conspuracy expressing it in pure fiction.

I couldn’t go on living if I embraced his philosophy. Be that as it may, I’m glad for the vision. Is it possible to be happy in life but see no meaning in it? Consciousness is the perfect conspiraacy against the human race.

He also shows that there’s nothing ‘natural’ about human beings, claiming that the very thing that makes us humans is libotti fact seriously questionable quality making the world burn: Teddy Daniels from Shutter Island.