In the Dust of This Planet

Author: Eugene Thacker
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 9781780990101
Release Date: 2011-08-26
Genre: Philosophy

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.

Tentacles Longer Than Night

Author: Eugene Thacker
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 9781782798880
Release Date: 2015-04-24
Genre: Philosophy

Our contemporary horror stories are written in a world where there seems little faith, lost hope, and no salvation. All that remains is the fragmentary and occasionally lyrical testimony of the human being struggling to confront its lack of reason for being in the vast cosmos. This is the terrain of the horror genre. Eugene Thacker explores this situation in Tentacles Longer Than Night. Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust of This Planet, Thacker considers the relationship between philosophy and the horror genre. But instead of taking fiction as the mere illustration of ideas, Thacker reads horror stories as if they themselves were works of philosophy, driven by a speculative urge to question human knowledge and the human-centric view of the world, ultimately leading to the limit of the human - thought undermining itself, in thought. Tentacles Longer Than Night is the third volume of the "horror of philosophy" trilogy, together with the first volume, In The Dust of This Planet, and the second volume, Starry Speculative Corpse.

Starry Speculative Corpse

Author: Eugene Thacker
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 9781782798903
Release Date: 2015-04-24
Genre: Philosophy

Could it be that the more we know about the world, the less we understand it? Could it be that, while everything has been explained, nothing has meaning? Extending the ideas presented in his book In The Dust of This Planet, Eugene Thacker explores these and other issues in Starry Speculative Corpse. But instead of using philosophy to define or to explain the horror genre, Thacker reads works of philosophy as if they were horror stories themselves, revealing a rift between human beings and the unhuman world of which they are part. Along the way we see philosophers grappling with demons, struggling with doubt, and wrestling with an indifferent cosmos. At the center of it all is the philosophical drama of the human being confronting its own limits. Not a philosophy of horror, but a horror of philosophy. Thought that stumbles over itself, as if at the edge of an abyss. Starry Speculative Corpse is the second volume of the "Horror of Philosophy" trilogy, together with the first volume, In The Dust of This Planet, and the third volume, Tentacles Longer Than Night.

Die Welt ohne uns

Author: Alan Weisman
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 9783492959933
Release Date: 2012-08-13
Genre: Social Science

Was wäre, wenn wir Menschen von einem Tag auf den anderen verschwinden würden? Zum Beispiel morgen. Ein ungeheures Gedankenexperiment! Alan Weisman entwirft das Szenario einer unbevölkerten Erde – gestützt auf das Wissen von Biologen, Geologen, Physikern, Architekten und Ingenieuren und mit atemberaubender Phantasie. Schritt für Schritt vollzieht Weisman nach, wie die Natur unseren Planeten zurückerobert, und führt dem Leser dabei zweierlei vor Augen: was der Mensch in Jahrtausenden zu schaffen vermochte und über welch unerhörte Macht die Natur verfügt.

Die Borribles

Author: Michel de Larrabeiti
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 9783608115093
Release Date: 2018-07-21
Genre: Fiction

Die Borribles haben sich dem leichtsinnigen anarchistischen Leben verschrieben und kämpfen gegen ihre Feinde, die rattenähnlichen Rumbels – vor allem aber gegen das Monster der bürgerlichen Ordnung und Langeweile. Borribles sind Ausgestoßene, die in verlassenen Häusern und Fabriken Unterschlupf finden. Aber sie genießen ihr Leben und würden mit niemandem tauschen. Die Hauptaufgabe eines Borribles ist zu überleben. Ihre Vorräte stammen von dem, was von Lastwagen mitunter so »herunterrutscht«, denn eines ihrer Sprichwörter lautet: »Was vom Wagen fällt, gehört dem, der dem Wagen folgt.« Aber sie geraten immer mehr in Gefahr. Die Polizei hat eine Spezialeinheit gegen sie gebildet und nimmt immer wieder einen von ihnen gefangen, der dann auf Nimmerwiedersehen verschwindet. Und aus den Außenbezirken Londons dringt eine gefährliche Bande ein, die den Borribles ihren Lebensraum streitig macht ...

Das Gottesspiel

Author: Yŏng-ha Kim
Publisher:
ISBN: 3453810856
Release Date: 2006
Genre:

Ein Schriftsteller bietet per Telefonhotline lebensmüden Menschen seine Mithilfe beim Selbstmord an. Bevor er zur Hebamme des Todes wird, muss er jedoch von ihren Motiven überzeugt sein. Ist dies der Fall, arrangiert er ihren Tod, lässt die Klienten in se