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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But to the extent anything is real, that dream character’s suffering is legitimate. Such types do nothing. But don’t expect Rust to chime in at the end and tell you that “The Light is winning.

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

This too he predicts. This conspirxcy an impressionistic survey by weird fiction writer Thomas Ligotti of the bleakest practitioners of modern philosophy, the guys who make Cioran look like a stand-up comic and Schopenhauer and Camus like irresponsible ligogti Are you one of those hardcore True Detective fans held in thrall by Detective Rust Cohle’s rants about the bleakness of the universe?

What about examining how we retreat into delusion when confronted with evidence against our deeply-held beliefs, showing the futility of so-called “rationality”? The result makes reading Schopenhauer feel like recess all day and ice cream for everybody.

Another barrier is a consiracy of pop-cultural understanding of nihilism that throws most people off the scent. To be accurate, I should write that I “read” it.

We have established individual, societal, and mental edifices and constructions—illusionary all—in an effort lligotti conceal these bald truths and allow us to proceed with the business of getting on getting on ; but it is all a thinly-veiled chimera. When I say “grandeur” and “best writer of English prose” don’t think that The Conspiracy Against the Human Race comes off as high-brow.

But he insists we must distance ourselves with denials or false narratives. This foray into non-fiction is little more than an opinionated, often repetitive, often very dull, literary rant, bad philosophy and weak literary criticism. If it weren’t all so pointless- the horror! Laughing out loud while reading a work 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.

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Is Ligotti a profoundly elegant writer? There is a terrific accounting of that in “Wittgenstein’s Vienna,” possibly one of my favorite works of philosophical history. Some have qualified their pessimism, such that human extinction forms no part of their solution; the majority advocate our termination, seeing it as the reasonable response to our paradoxical existence. But it seeks to one up them all — because they, and indeed this work as well, are ultimately nothing more than sublimation.

We isolate this unpleasant reality where it can be ignored; we anchor ourselves within structures such as religion, families, and ideologies; we distract ourselves through our work, our hobbies, our immersion in mediums such as television and the internet; and we sublimate the truth we have dealt with by these previous methods within that which we create ourselves. Having to wait for three trains before you can finally cram onto the subway?

If it is not perfect, it is still more true than almost everything else.

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That is no innocuous phrase: Nudged up to five stars just for how damn readable it was That’s not to say I walk away from Conspiracy a newborn philosophical pessimist. I found Ligotti’s book to be unreadable: If he is serious, then he is my enemy or at least his followers may be, so perhaps, all things being equal, Ligotti delenda est I would not go so far as this because his efforts are for armchair depressives whose greatest act is to reach for the whisky bottle yet this book should be on the reading list of our security services.


Ligotti explores the anti-human and cosmic perspective that has often been expressed in weird fiction, and not just his own, but he may be its most articulate and interesting spokesperson. Nov 08, poorvi cowkur rated it really liked it Shelves: Yet what other way is there to live?

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ligotti argues that the poet of life’s cruelty ultimately created a kind of mystical escape hatch for his readers. Still – it’s fun to imagine James Hetfield reading this, scratching his head with a shark’s fin plectrum, looking for song titles.

This is part of that conspigacy philosophical negativity that insists on ego death as a good, that there is no Self really and consipracy we have no self determination – a fashionable petit-bourgeois stance.

And I’m the sort of person who usually has to strain for reasons to get out bed in the morning. Instead, like all humans materialistic and religious alike they try ligktti force their subjective experience on the objective and call it a day.

The Conspiracy Against The Human Race

Getting out of bed is an act of faith. I am what Ligotti would refer to as an optimistic pessimist: Brady 77 wished he had taken his own life many years ago poor bunny! Being a novice in the field of philosophical pessimism, this book was- while a little difficult at times to wrap my head around some of the ideas and theories propounded,a great introductory read nonetheless lkgotti gave me an incentive to delve deeper into this field of study.

I grant nearly every single premise in Conspiracy, but at the end of day sheer curiosity at what lies behind the next rock keeps us going.