The Forest Clearing or, At the Water’s Edge

There is a small village in England called Tyneham. There is, the internet will tell you, nothing particularly remarkable about it. Accessible on a single, narrow country road, you drive round the crest of a hill and see it lying there in the fold of the valley. A church steeple catches the eye and beyond … Continue reading The Forest Clearing or, At the Water’s Edge

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TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

Semiotics: Semiotics and structuralism, whilst two separate and distinct fields have a close relationship. These books are designed to help the reader engage with “the science of signs” as both a specific moment in the development of critical discourse and an invaluable tool for close textual analysis. Roland Barthes, Mythologies (London, Vintage Classics, 2009) Kofi … Continue reading TheLitCritLibrary Part Two: Semiotics and Structuralism

A Machine For Thinking The Unthinkable: H.P Lovecraft and Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige

To talk of a theological Lovecraft may initially strike the aficionado of weird fiction as an exercise in futility. In his personal writing, Lovecraft reveals a deeply held atheism and critical work has always acknowledged what S.T Joshi refers to as his cynical materialism. Lovecraft himself opined in 1919 that ‘there is a real restfulness … Continue reading A Machine For Thinking The Unthinkable: H.P Lovecraft and Karl Barth’s Das Nichtige

REVIEW: The Beechwood Airship Interviews

Dan Richards: The Beechwood Airship Interviews London, Harper Collins, 2015 pp534 Have we arrived at the end of art for its own sake? In an age where higher education has never been more expensive, art school and other creative outlets now emphasize the vocational and the practical. Perhaps art for its own sake is no … Continue reading REVIEW: The Beechwood Airship Interviews

REVIEW: Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power

Max Haiven: Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power Zed Books, London & New York 2014, 320pp, £14.95 pb To talk of values in modern political discourse seems to entail being confronted with the uncomfortable and seemingly unstoppable infiltration of capitalist economic language into the fields of morality and the ethical. Economic value it would seem … Continue reading REVIEW: Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power

REVIEW: The Philosophy of War and Exile: From the Humanity of War to the Inhumanity of Peace

Nolen Gertz: The Philosophy of War and Exile: From the Humanity of War to the Inhumanity of Peace Palgrave-Macmillan, London, 2014. 218 pp $87.39 hb Conflict, many would argue, is intrinsic to the relational nature of humanity and as such is a vital topic for philosophical thinking. From the Indian epic of the Mahabharata and … Continue reading REVIEW: The Philosophy of War and Exile: From the Humanity of War to the Inhumanity of Peace