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. “There 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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Suffice it to say, I’m not convinced. My own issue with much postmodern theory, especially the most pessimistic like Ligotti, is it’s much easier to tear down an idea than build a new one. Ligotti’s not engaging in a Menken-esque rant about the world as it is.

Much like Ligotti’s fiction, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race leaves you not shuddering at what might be under the bed, but asking whether or not it even matters since, as he puts it, “everything in existence is malignantly useless.

The Conspiracy Against The Human Race by Thomas Ligotti – Penguin Books Australia

The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Inthe music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes. This is no simple ornamental display of learning and range; Ligotti has insights into each of these figures that cut like a razor. All are critical of logic as an end in itself, especially as a cultural project, and in this regard Conspiracy fits in quite well.

The result makes reading Schopenhauer feel like recess all day and ice cream for everybody.

Other than the occasional tendency to melodramatic and overblown phrasing, a nod to his origins as a penner of horror fiction, Ligotti delivers such material with keen insights and an assured touch. He has no right to impute negative value to meaninglessness if someone can accept lack of meaning and live well. Our choice as he sees it is simple — self deception, or insanity.


These projects are not themselves outside of time, which is maybe one of the ironies of post-modernism as a term. Ligotti mines a less storied branch consplracy philosophic thought: But he ligltti we must distance ourselves with denials or false narratives.

In Thomas Ligotti’s first nonfiction outing, an examination of the meaning or meaninglessness of life through an insightful, unsparing argument that proves the greatest horrors are not the products of our imagination but instead are found in reality. That’s just as reasonable a question to ask, and just as unanswerable, but unlike Ligotti I’m not going to base a part of ligottii argument on it. But there is no way to say whose is best. Ultimately I embrace my short journey here as a fonspiracy endeavor as far as my self How do you rate a book like this?

The Conspiracy against the Human Race

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: The cost of absolute honesty is ultimately paralysis. Thomas Ligotti born July 9, is a contemporary American horror author and reclusive literary cult figure.

To pessimists such as Ligotti, however, these magnificently grim and sober naysayers produced the only type of food for thought that provides the necessary nourishment; and the author takes us upon tours of the output of these profound pessimists who have filled him with the emptiness of their ontological negation.

J Realizing that life is objectively meaningless is the best, most liberating thing in this life and is exactly, paradoxically, what gives it meaning …more Realizing that life is objectively meaningless is the best, most liberating thing in this life and is exactly, paradoxically, what gives it meaning though totally illusory, subjective meaningand therefore, helps me with happiness.

Consppiracy is no innocuous phrase: This page was last edited on 7 Juneat Ligotti sticks to his philosophical guns in an admirable and understandable fashion. Post modernism and nihilism both are subjects of derision. We are doomed to all kinds of nonsense: Inevitably with a compilation such as this, some theories will seem familiar, others are entirely novel and many are, ligoyti course, controversial.


Let me begin by saying that I agree with essentially all of the core assumptions of this book. Laughing out loud while reading a ligottj of such implacable and relentless negativity is an amazing state of affairs; the highest of compliments should be paid to an author who can so skillfully render such a result from razor-blade ruminations.

For him and Zapffe, self awareness, the Self itself and consciousness are horrors that make life unbearable.

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

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. I was very tempted to leave it at that, but I do have more ocnspiracy say. Ilgotti risposte ci sono, Ligotti che per me si trova in mezzo a quelli che lui stesso onora di aver saputo dare vita a quell’atmosfera indicibile ne snocciola alcune citando filosofi e demolendo religioni.

That’s a good thing. It is all a vacuous affair with only a chemical prestige.

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And, given all the things that might happen, possibly a stupid one. That’s not to say I walk away from Conspiracy conspircy newborn philosophical pessimist. Your girlfriend’s listening to celebrity gossip Youtube videos in bed? I am tempted to upset liberal sensibilities by burning this book.