- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Hippocampus Press; 35328th edition (April 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984480277
- ISBN-13: 978-0984480272
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
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The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror Paperback – April 30, 2011
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The Conspiracy against the Human Race is renowned horror writer Thomas Ligotti s first work of nonfiction. Through impressively wide-ranging discussions of and reflections on literary and philosophical works of a pessimistic bent, he shows that the greatest horrors are not the products of our imagination. The worst and most plentiful horrors are instead to be found in reality. Mr. Ligotti's calm, but often bloodcurdling turns of phrase, evoke the dreadfulness of the human condition. Those who cannot bear the truth will pretend this is another work of fiction, but in doing so they perpetuate the conspiracy of the book s title. --David Benatar, author of Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence; Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town, South Africa
The Conspiracy against the Human Race sets out what is perhaps the most sustained challenge yet to the intellectual blackmail that would oblige us to be eternally grateful for a gift we never invited. --From the Foreword by Ray Brassier --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Thomas Ligotti is one of the foremost authors of supernatural horror literature. In this genre, he has been classed with Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft. His works include Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe, My Work Is Not Yet Done, and Teatro Grottesco. Ligotti lives in Florida. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Now sometimes philosophical precision is lost for tone and character, but Ligotti is one of the more profound thinkers on the ennui of modern nihilism, the silliness of the assumption of an anthro-centric world view, and the relationship between knowledge and depression. Ligotti's scalpel can have a light touch and a compression where he has cut out a key part of the reader's ego without the reader first noticing.
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. Indeed, the weight of a world that is not built around us must be dealt with by any serious thinker. Philosophers and theorists such as Ray Brassier and Eugene Thacker, regardless of what you think of their work, do illustrate that one should talke Ligotti seriously, even when he is expressing it in pure fiction.
This book serves as an invitation to further reading. Ligotti recommends little know pessimists, some of whom currently have zero books available in English...Phillip Mainlander, Julius Bahnsen or Peter Zapffe.
It also furthers the work of Diestag in laying bare the social stigma of pessimism (which often coincides with minor or severe mental illness, such as depression or anxiety). Ligotti speaks from experience, and he speaks compassionately...who but a pessimist would risk humor while also abusing ones own outlook? Pessimism is inherently ironic as well as sensitive. If pain equates to depth, this book offers gems without abusing or tarnishing them.
The author has a lot of points, most of which he credits to someone else indeed 30% of the book seems to be direct quotes from works he deems biblical in importance. The idea that nature or evolution or whatever made a mistake when human consciousness evolved while not new is fun to explore.
Sadly the last third seems to be nothing more then an examination of the horror literary genre, which I mostly skipped as it does not interest me. In the end while I was glad I read it and it gave me food for thought, and frankly I agree with the ultimate pointlessness of our personal lives. I find no value in just bemoaning that point day and night till we die. I prefer personally to attack each minute of life like it needs to be annihilated, in the end I find it makes my time more interesting.
And like everyone else Ligotti is all vanity, not above it, not outside of it, he is no different he is it.
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However the individual books and philosophers he references alone make this book worth the read, and his analysis is...Read more