The author of the contemporary classic, In the Dust of This Planet, is back with another raw and unsettling look at the human condition.
Comprised of aphorisms, fragments, and observations both philosophical and personal, Thacker’s new book traces the contours of pessimism, caught as it often is between a philosophical position and a bad attitude. Reflecting on the universe’s “looming abyss of indifference,” Thacker explores the pessimism of a range of philosophers, from the well-known (Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Camus), to the lesser-known (E.M. Cioran, Lev Shestov, Miguel de Unamuno). Readers will find food for thought in Thacker’s handling of a range of themes in Christianity and Buddhism, as well as his engagement with literary figures (from Dostoevsky to Thomas Bernhard, Osamu Dazai, and Fernando Pessoa), whose pessimism about the world both inspires and depresses Thacker. By turns melancholic, misanthropic, and darkly funny, (“Birth is a metaphysical injury — healing takes time — the span of one’s life”), many will find Infinite Resignation a welcome antidote to the exuberant imbecility of our times.
About Infinite Resignation
A collection of aphorisms, fragments, and observations on philosophy and pessimism.
Composed of aphorisms, fragments, and observations both philosophical and personal, Eugene Thacker’s Infinite Resignation traces the contours of pessimism, caught as it is between a philosophical position and a bad attitude. By turns melancholic, misanthropic, and tinged with gallows humor, Thacker’s writing tenuously hovers over that point at which the thought of futility becomes the futility of thought.
“When life gives us lemons, Thacker refuses to make lemonade. Rather he adds lemon juice to the ink pot, and proceeds to write with an acerbic clarity – and even touches of black humor – about the predicament of being human. Infinite Resignation is an extended and eloquent sigh; not only for the absurd state of things, but also for the misfortune of being able to perceive these in such stark and fluorescent detail. In darkly dwelling with the essential antagonisms of existence, Thacker channels the spirits of Schopenhauer and Cioran, and in doing so, obliges us all to face the profoundly prosaic horror of persisting.”
— Dominic Pettman, author of Human Error: Species Being and Media Machines