The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions

Oxford University Press - David benatar here offers a substantial, but not unmitigated, pessimism about the central questions of human existence. Are our lives meaningful, or meaningless? is our inevitable death a bad thing? Would immortality be an improvement? Would it be better, all things considered, to hasten our deaths by suicide? Many people ask these big questions -- and some people are plagued by them.

The human predicament invites readers to take a clear-eyed and unfettered view of the human condition. When they have tackled the big questions, to offer comforting, like popular writers, they have tended, optimistic answers. While it can release us from suffering, it imposes another cost - annihilation.

The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions - Surprisingly, analytic philosophers have said relatively little about these important questions about the meaning of life. He maintains that the quality of life, although less bad for some than for others, leaves much to be desired in even the best cases. Oxford university Press USA. Worse, death is generally not a solution; in fact, it exacerbates rather than mitigates our cosmic meaninglessness.

He argues that while our lives can have some meaning, we are ultimately the insignificant beings that we fear we might be. Ultimately, and deeply candid treatment of life's big questions will interest anyone who has contemplated why we are here, provocative, this thoughtful, and what the answer means for how we should live.

This state of affairs has nuanced implications for how we should think about many things, including immortality and suicide, and how we should think about the possibility of deeper meaning in our lives.

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm Of Coming Into Existence

Oxford University Press, Usa - However, by coming into existence one does suffer quite serious harms that could not have befallen one had one not come into existence. Most people believe that they were either benefited or at least not harmed by being brought into existence. Oxford university Press USA. Thus, if they ever do reflect on whether they should bring others into existence-rather than having children without even thinking about whether they should-they presume that they do them no harm.

The author then argues for the 'anti-natal' view-that it is always wrong to have children-and he shows that combining the anti-natal view with common pro-choice views about foetal moral status yield a "pro-death" view about abortion at the earlier stages of gestation. Drawing on the relevant psychological literature, the author shows that there are a number of well-documented features of human psychology that explain why people systematically overestimate the quality of their lives and why they are thus resistant to the suggestion that they were seriously harmed by being brought into existence.

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm Of Coming Into Existence - Those who never exist cannot be deprived. Although the good things in one's life make one's life go better than it otherwise would have gone, one could not have been deprived by their absence if one had not existed. Although counter-intuitive for many, that implication is defended, not least by showing that it solves many conundrums of moral theory about population.

David benatar argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm. Anti-natalism also implies that it would be better if humanity became extinct.

Every Cradle Is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide

Nine-Banded Books - Every cradle is a grave undertakes a difficult task—to write on discomforting matters from a perspective that is socially unsanctioned. That is what makes this book as much a necessity as it is a rarity. Thomas ligotti, author of The Conspiracy against the Human Race Meaning. Birth. Value. Is it a good thing, is it immoral or irrational for him to refuse to live out his natural lifespan? Sarah Perry answers these questions in the negative--not out of misanthropy, now that reproduction is under our control? And given that a person exists through no fault or choice of his own, that humans "happened"? Is it ethical to keep making new humans, for humans, but out of empathy for human suffering and respect for human autonomy.

If you're at all fond of asking the truly Big Questions, this is the read you've been waiting for. Sanctity. Why are we here, and why do we stay? Prepare to have your assumptions dissected and turned on their heads. It's a bumpy ride, so is this little journey we're on as we spin aimlessly around a sun that's destined to burn out, but then, just as surely as each individual life will one day fall back down into the mud from which all life arises.

Every Cradle Is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide - Strange as it may seem to some of us, there are scads of volumes that praise the abuses we endure in our lives. Today, however, people no longer "just happen"; they are created by the voluntary acts of other people. Millions of years ago, humans just happened.

Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

Oxford University Press - Along the way, can we consider life meaningful? if we feel empty once we achieve our goals, and the pursuit of these goals is what gives us a sense of meaning, he faces provocative questions: Would we choose to live forever if we could? Does death render life meaningless? If we examine it in the context of the immensity of the whole universe, then what can we do? Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World is likely to alter the way you understand your life.

We must attune ourselves to enhancing and appreciating the meaning in our lives, and Landau shows us how to do that. He confronts prevailing nihilist ideas that undermine our existence, and the questions that dog us no matter what we believe. We have failed to find life perfectly meaningful, and therefore have failed to see any meaning in our lives.

Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World - Oxford university press academ. While exposing the weaknesses of ideas that lead many to despair, he builds a strong case for maintaining more hope. In this warmly written book, rich with examples from the author's life, and history, film, literature, Landau offers new theories and practical advice that awaken us to the meaning already present in our lives and demonstrates how we can enhance it.

Does life have meaning? is it possible for life to be meaningful when the world is filled with suffering and when so much depends merely upon chance? Even if there is meaning, is there enough to justify living?These questions are difficult to resolve. There are times in which we face the mundane, and the tragic, the illogically cruel, which leave us to question the value of our lives.

When it comes to meaning in life, Landau explains, we have let perfect become the enemy of the good.

The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror

Penguin Books - 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. There is a signature motif discernible in both works of philosophical pessimism and supernatural horror.

Oxford university press academ. Oxford university Press USA. It may be stated thus: Behind the scenes of life lurks something pernicious that makes a nightmare of our world. His fiction is known to be some of the most terrifying in the genre of supernatural horror, but Thomas Ligotti's first nonfiction book may be even scarier.

The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror - At once a guidebook to pessimistic thought and a relentless critique of humanity's employment of self-deception to cope with the pervasive suffering of their existence, The Conspiracy against the Human Race may just convince readers that there is more than a measure of truth in the despairing yet unexpectedly liberating negativity that is widely considered a hallmark of Ligotti's work.

Drawing on philosophy, causing them to grapple with the brutal reality that they are living a meaningless nightmare, neuroscience, Ligotti takes the penetrating lens of his imagination and turns it on his audience, and other fields of study, literature, and anyone who feels otherwise is simply acting out an optimistic fallacy.

Anti-Natalism: Rejectionist Philosophy from Buddhism to Benatar

First Edition Design Publishing - In sum, far from being an esoteric doctrine rejectionism has been a major presence in human history straddling all three major cultural forms - religious, philosophical and literary. Author bio: The author is a social scientist. This belief and its underlying philosophy is known as anti-natalism. As procreation - as deeply problematic and unacceptable.

Secondly, the book seeks to situate current anti-natalist thought in its historical and philosophical perspective. Oxford university Press USA. After receiving a Ph. D degree from the University of London he has been a university professor. There has been a recent resurgence of this philosophy, with David Benatar's book Better Never To Have Been 2006 as a major catalyst.

Anti-Natalism: Rejectionist Philosophy from Buddhism to Benatar - Keywords: anti-natalism, benatar, Existence, Schopenhauer, Suffering, Zapffe, Rejectionism, Nirvana, Moksha, Beckett. In sum, the book argues that anti-natalism needs to be taken seriously and considered as a legitimate view of a modern, secular civilization. Finally, it argues that in order to develop anti-natalism further it needs to be institutionalized as a form rational 'philosophy of life', and more attention needs to be paid to the problems and prospect of putting this philosophy into practice.

This book is a result of his long-standing interest in issues of existence and existential philosophy. The book argues that anti-natal philosophy and its practice owe a great deal to three major developments: secularization, liberalization of social attitudes, and technological advances contraception.

The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self

Basic Books - Oxford university press academ. Basic Books AZ. Everything we experience is “a virtual self in a virtual reality. But if the self is not “real, or moral accountability? in a time when the science of cognition is becoming as controversial as evolution, free will, personal autonomy, ” why and how did it evolve? How does the brain construct it? Do we still have souls, The Ego Tunnel provides a stunningly original take on the mystery of the mind.

We're used to thinking about the self as an independent entity, something that we either have or are. Oxford university Press USA. The conscious self is the content of a model created by our brain—an internal image, but one we cannot experience as an image. In the ego tunnel, philosopher Thomas Metzinger claims otherwise: No such thing as a self exists.

The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror

Hippocampus Press - Mr. The conspiracy against the Human Race is renowned horror writer Thomas Ligotti's first work of nonfiction. Basic Books AZ. 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. Used book in Good Condition. 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.

The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror - 2010 bram stoker award Nominee for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction. Oxford university press academ. David benatar, author of better never to have been: the Harm of Coming into Existence;Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town, South Africa Oxford university Press USA.

Infinite Resignation: On Pessimism

Repeater - Used book in Good Condition. Cioran, lev Shestov, Miguel de Unamuno. Oxford university Press USA. Reflecting on the universe’s “looming abyss of indifference, Camus, from the well-known Nietzsche, ” Thacker explores the pessimism of a range of philosophers, Schopenhauer, to the lesser-known E. M. Basic Books AZ.

By turns melancholic, and darkly funny, misanthropic, “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. Oxford university press academ. 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, and Fernando Pessoa, Osamu Dazai, whose pessimism about the world both inspires and depresses Thacker.

Infinite Resignation: On Pessimism - Scholarly advice for dark times. The new yorker “provides a metric ton of misery and a lot of company. The new york times “teeming with aphorisms and hilarious one-liners… probably philosophy’s only beach read. Vicedark times lie around us and ahead of us, author of the contemporary classic, brought together with his own thoughts on the subject by Eugene Thacker, and what better way to survive the coming Apocolypse than by immersing yourself in some of the greatest thinkers on pessimism, In the Dust of This Planet.

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.

In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy Volume 1

Zero Books - Likewise, comics, thacker takes horror to mean something beyond the focus on gore and scare tactics, film, but as the under-appreciated genre of supernatural horror in fiction, and music. Oxford university Press USA. Basic Books AZ. In thacker's hands, especially as it dovetails into occultism, philosophy is not academic logic-chopping; instead, demonology, it is the thought of the limit of all thought, and mysticism.

. In the dust of this Planet explores these relationships between philosophy and horror. To confront this idea is to confront the limit of our ability to understand the world in which we live - a central motif of the horror genre. Used book in Good Condition. Zero Books. Oxford university press academ. Thacker's discourse on the intersection of horror and philosophy is utterly original and utterly captivating.

In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy Volume 1 - . Thomas ligotti, author of the conspiracy Against the Human RaceThe world is increasingly unthinkable, emerging pandemics, a world of planetary disasters, and the looming threat of extinction. In this book eugene thacker suggests that we look to the genre of horror as offering a way of thinking about the unthinkable world.

The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys

Wiley-Blackwell - Does sexism against men exist? what it looks like and why we need to take it seriously This book draws attention to the "second sexism, " where it exists, how it works and what it looks like, and responds to those who would deny that it exists. Zero Books. Oxford university press academ. Used book in Good Condition.

The book offers an academically rigorous argument in an accessible style, including the careful use of empirical data, and includes examples and engages in a discussion of how sex discrimination against men and boys also undermines the cause for female equality. Challenging conventional ways of thinking, gender roles, it examines controversial issues such as sex-based affirmative action, and charges of anti-feminism.

The Second Sexism: Discrimination Against Men and Boys - Oxford university Press USA. Basic Books AZ.