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    (The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror) [PDF KINDLE] Ñ Thomas Ligotti Thomas Ligotti’s “The Conspiracy Against The Human Race” eloquently and poetically describes the feeling already familiar to every outsider of life, to every pessimist, to those who know and have felt deep down that life is as Ligotti describes “malignantly useless.” The titular ‘Conspiracy’ refers less to a cabal of individuals and here to the necessity of conscious beings to develop methods of limiting the extent

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    (The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror) [PDF KINDLE] Ñ Thomas Ligotti Thomas Ligotti is principally known as a writer of supernatural horror stories and in 2016 one of only two living authors to have had their work published in Penguin Classics. That the second author is Morrissey may or may not be construed to t

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    (The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror) [PDF KINDLE] Ñ Thomas Ligotti For when you find Cioran too cheery, there’s this.

    I’m not sure I agree with some of the conclusions: ultimately he tries to project his pathology onto everyone. It’s a little sad that he rationalises his miser

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    REVIEW The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror FREE READ ´ MAKANAT.CO ð Thomas Ligotti Thomas Ligotti ð 1 DOWNLOAD Not the most upbeat piece of nonfiction you will ever read but Ligotti does raise some interesting points. The curse of consciousness is something I drew from this work: our self awareness illuminates the frustrations and other complications of existence. However, I would posit Buddhism or Taoism as a corollary to Ligotti’s thesis

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The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror

DOWNLOAD ´ The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror FREE READ ´ MAKANAT.CO ð Thomas Ligotti REVIEW The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror 2010 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction 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. Came on time and in pristine condition Great book too I read it at the local nursing homes and the elders just can t get enough Great read for kids too Tempted by the Badge To Serve and Seduce #2 just can t get enough Great read for kids too

REVIEW The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror

DOWNLOAD ´ The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror FREE READ ´ MAKANAT.CO ð Thomas Ligotti REVIEW The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror 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 wh. Thomas Ligotti is principally known as a writer of supernatural horror stories and in 2016 one of only two living authors to have had their work published in Penguin Classics That the second author is Morrissey may or may not be construed to take some shine off the accolade Unlike his collection Songs of a Dead Dreamer at least that is if you share his pessimistic outlook which he claims uite early on to be rooted ultimately in a person s innate disposition rather than any rational assessment of things as they are Given that belief one almost wonders why he bothered to author a book of this kind Most of it is actually an attempt to append a lot of other claims upon his basic pessimistic outlook including anti natalism which despite what he suggests does not flow necessarily from all forms of pessimism determinism and an odd sort of anti egoism in which he claims that the delusion of selfhood ranks highest in the hierarchy of fabrications that compose our lives As if things weren t bad enoughPessimism philosophical or otherwise has been a rich seam of thought for many centuries and has substantially helped define what philosophy at least in its continental guise is today Though to read Ligotti s book you d think that all the best writing in this vein had been done by the later part of the 19th century The big exception is a short obscure work by the Norwegian Peter Zapffe The Last Messiah 1933 which the author introduces us to early in proceedingsZapffe s text is mostly a highly rhetorical refashioning of Freud s theses from Civilisation and Its Discontents with some crude Darwinian flourishes and antiue pop psychology thrown in for good measure The function of culture which in Freud s essay is framed as a means to draw us away from our savage tendencies though at the price of making us all neurotic is in the Norwegian s version a kind of mass deception keeping human beings with their tragically overdeveloped consciousness from confronting the truth of their bare meaningless biological existence When these cultural strategies which Zapffe glosses as Isolation Anchoring Distraction and Sublimation fail we are thrown into despair Or as he puts it The dread of being stares us in the eye and in a deadly gush we perceive how the minds are dangling in threads of their own spinning and that a hell is lurking underneath You can see why a horror writer might be attracted to this and I suppose he s entitled to his pet miserablist Zapffe is the intellectual bare bones upon which Ligotti hangs the lion s share of the book most of the work of which is done by the end of the long first chapter titled The Nightmare of Being in which he applies the learning of Zapffe to subjects as wide ranging as Buddhism science fiction films cognitive psychology and a somewhat implausible phenomena called ego deathOne of the difficulties of Ligotti s exposition is that he consistently conflates the tradition and propositions of so called negative thought an anti dialectical current running through late 19th century philosophy in particular the writings of Kierkegaard Schopenhauer and Nietzsche with a common or psychological pessimism which has occasionally been termed depressive realism The latter maintains that non depressed people hold a positivity bias which colours their general outlook whereas the supposed negativity bias of the depressive actually gives a realistic appraisal of the world I would argue that most of the opinions expressed in the book especially those on politics and psychology emanate from a position of depressive realism rather than a philosophically informed negativity or pessimism and it s this which accounts for the at times heavy handed or just plainly dismissive approach the author takes This is shown clearly in his discussion of emotion which he declares to be the substrate for the illusion of being a somebody among somebodies merely living arbitrarily And here he make a key distinction to live falsely as pawns of affect or to live factually as depressives or as individuals who know what is known to the depressive p104Plainly then Ligotti feels his depressive state gives him an advantage though recent empirical research has found no evidence of this Moreover does the mere capacity to feel emotion render life arbitrary Intuitively this seems false Most people have a fairly good handle on how they react to particular situations and our perception of a person s personality and character is largely dependent on a degree of consistent affective response If we are such false and arbitrary creatures why is personal change considered to be such a hard thing to achieveWhat strikes the reader throughout the book is the vehemence of Ligotti s exposition and its hard generalisations For instance even the central concept of pessimism is for the author very black and white People are either pessimists or optimists They forcefully lean one way or the other and there is no common ground between them For pessimists life is something that should not be which means that what they believe should be is the absence of life nothing non being the emptiness of the uncreated pg30 This is the extreme position that the author takes with him for his subseuent survey of an idiosyncratic selection of traditions scientific disciplines and phenomena It s as if he felt he could only undertake this work from the position of an uber pessimist the effect of which is to invalidate from the get go most of what he covers as just not pessimistic enoughSchopenhauer for instance whose general sentiment he approves of is otherwise dismissed owing to his unwieldy philosophical system and assertion of his concept of the Will to live just another intellectual labyrinth for specialists in perplexity according to Ligotti There s virtually nothing from the existentialist tradition beyond Schopenhauer perhaps for the good reason that many of those philosophies accept Ligotti s axiomatic view of the objective meaninglessness of human existence but go on to build systems which nevertheless avoid the extreme conclusions Ligotti believes follow naturally from that first premise The philosophies of Heidegger Sartre and Maurice Merleau Ponty all start with the existence or facticity of human beings as a meaningless negativity or thrown ness to use Heidegger s term in translationThere is undoubtedly some just plain nasty posturing in the book Ligotti s attitude to environmentalism is one example which he considers a barricade against the facts of life a cause that snubs the real issue Vandalism of the environment is but a sidebar to humanity s refusal to look into the jaws of existence pg64 Now one could try to claim this was a poorly articulated variant of Heidegger s critiue of technology which views the destruction of the natural world as an extension of the forgetting of Being But that would be granting to Ligotti far too much In truth the book is littered with grumpy expressions of this kind which seem grounded in little else than the author s desire to shock Despite what Ligotti may think the Disenchantment of the World to use Max Weber s famous expression is not fresh news to the average educated readerIt s possible that the unusual force of his exposition is due to it being composed from within the American context home to widespread fundamentalisms of all shades and where his most basic claims would undoubtedly shock a significant proportion of the population From the thoroughly disenchanted and disillusioned shores of Europe however he appears like a man battering down an open doorWhile Ligotti is content to diminish the ontological stability of the self through his commitment to determinism and denial of the existence of the ego Lacan would support him here his nihilism stops short at fields which produce results that chime with his world view these primarily being 19th century psychiatry and modern cognitive scienceAccordingly the self is a fabrication comparable to those other empty distractions he lists such as religion the Nation and the family Science is apparently not such a fabrication or distraction Though one might well uestion what sort of science is possible without a degree of ontological stability for the knower If we cannot even be certain about the status of the self then any knowledge of the external world and by extension any possible science seems on very shaky ground When it comes to epistemology Ligotti is a highly selective Pyrrhonian skeptic uneuivocal about the groundless nature of our intuitions our sense of self and any feelings that life might be ok Yet when it comes to cognitive science evolutionary biology and 19th century psychiatry he s happy to take many of their knowledge claims at face value though often with regret that they re not pessimistic enough Where is the epistemological ground upon which the claims of these fields are based And indeed following Zapffe is not all science just another distraction another story we re telling ourselves about ourselves to avoid the dark truth of the MALIGNANTLY USELESS Ligotti s capitalisation rut of being in which we existThere is a strong sense that in all this he insists too much and there is a great deal of repetition and hyperbole in many of his observations The book is also bereft of anything by way of structure which given its tone makes it a less than pleasant reading experience Each chapter drifts rather arbitrarily between popular culture science and literature without ever reaching a conclusion This all changes for the final chapter Autopsy on a Puppet an Anatomy of the Supernatural Here it s as if a curtain has been pulled back and light allowed into a dusty old room For the final uarter of the book Ligotti s tone changes markedly ditching the posturing and instead embarking on a mini history of supernatural horror fiction Here he writes fluidly and positively about his chosen field and its antecedents from Ann Radcliffe in the late 18th century through Poe Lovecraft and even forays into Shakespeare and the works of Joseph Conrad There are some interesting observations about the role of atmosphere in Schopenhauer and how it links with a sense that behind the scenes of life there is something pernicious that makes a nightmare of our world p175 In another register the desire to find out just what that something is became a highly prominent feature of late 19th and early 20th century Western thought and is sometimes referred to as the hermeneutics of suspicion It is freuently applied to the works of Marx Nietzsche and Freud all of whom were arguably pessimists though in different waysThere is little else to say about the book except to highlight another paradox of this author In an interview Ligotti gave in 2011 he claimed to identify as a socialist and argued that a concern for justice was paramount especially where the issue of reducing suffering was at stake And yet here the same author writes Both the inhumane and humane movements of our species are without relevance None of us are at the helm of either of these moments We believe ourselves to be masters of our behaviour that is the blunder p226uite how he can suare his commitment to socialism with this statement and the whole gamut of other dead end positions he takes in The Conspiracy Against the Human Race is anyone s guess From the perspective of his commitment to determinism where is the sense in talking about justice and injustice And from the perspective of the pessimist where would the motivation even come from to attempt to change things as they stand let alone institute some admittedly rather palliative form of socialism As he repeatedly says we are just deluded puppets Taking all Ligotti s positions together at face value leaves us with neither knowledge of the self or the outside world nor the will to get out of bed to open the front door in order to find out No political program could possibly emerge from itThis is undoubtedly a book of paradoxes which is often frustrating and at times hard to take seriously I would not recommend it for anyone interested in the tradition of philosophical pessimism It clearly reflects Ligotti s interests and his psychology but makes no attempt to argue a coherent position or address up to date scholarship I m left wishing he d dedicated time to his reflections on the history of supernatural horror which I found insightful and far readable than what had gone before Perhaps the joke is on us and the cranked up nihilism which elsewhere he refutes and no holds barred pessimism is an attempt at a new kind of horror literature Undoubtedly some passages do stick in the memory though I m not sure they do so for the right reasons I m reminded of Jhonn Balance Why be bleak when you can be Blake

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DOWNLOAD ´ The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror FREE READ ´ MAKANAT.CO ð Thomas Ligotti REVIEW The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror O 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 Afri. For when you find Cioran too cheery there s thisI m not sure I agree with some of the conclusions ultimately he tries to project his pathology onto everyone It s a little sad that he rationalises his misery to such an extent that he is completely trapped in his own prison but I have to respect the depth of his erudition and the total conviction with which he goes about this There s very few books willing to explore the kind of theories he proposes so bravo to thatHe s leagues ahead of most writers bit however much blank humour and perversely uplifting sentiment there is here it s not as funny beautiful or positive as the gold standard for this kind of thing which for me is Cioran s The Trouble With Being Born

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  • The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror
  • Thomas Ligotti
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  • 09 October 2019
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