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 […]

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 […]

Dasein in the Online Age

What is the nature of being? In a post-modern world with an ever increasing plurality of selves and subjects, where old certainties of what it means to be are increasingly fragile or outdated, ontology seems a somewhat old-fashioned intellectual tradition. The effects and consequences of Being are all around us, and thus the nature of […]

Frankenstein and Ontology

In perhaps his most successful piece of extended prose work, the Defence of poetry, Percy Shelley writes that:‘the poetry of England has arisen as it were from a new birth…we live among such philosophers and poets as surpass beyond comparison any who have appeared since the last national struggle for civil and religious liberty.’ It […]

Aesthetics and Late Capitalism

“There is a boundary to men’s passions when the act from feeling; none when they are under the influence of imagination”Edmund Burke – Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs   From Kant through to Heidegger enlightenment philosophy has placed a high virtue upon the realm of the aesthetic and even today in a […]

The Madwoman in the Attic, The Madman In Your Head

I’ve always had an interest in more modern incarnation of Gothic culture and texts. However, with a thesis that focuses on the 19th century this will be my final post for a while on modern Gothic TV. The following is based of the text of a paper I gave at the Gothic Manchester Festival Conference held […]