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Lars Svendsen Dispels Assumptions About Loneliness

In A Philosophy of Loneliness, Svendsen doesn't so much elucidate the topic of loneliness as he complicates it, thereby dispelling our many illusions.

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Haunted by Nothingness: Emanuele Severino's 'The Essence of Nihilism'

Ask anyone whether something can be born of nothing, and the reply will be decisive: No! Yet we think, speak and act “as if” this were not the case.

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U of Chicago P

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Anti-Education: Nietzsche on Our Learning Institutions

In these lectures Nietzsche is not yet philosophizing with a hammer, but the hammer is certainly within arm's reach.

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New York Review of Books (NYRB)

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Peter Pál Pelbart's 'Cartography of Exhaustion' Is Exhilarating

This is a sunny, revitalizing book, despite its ostensible focus on exhaustion and nihilism.

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And: Phenomenology of the End by Franco Berardi

Imagine orienting yourself on a map, scratching a red "X" to mark your location, and then realizing how precarious your position is, how perilously far you are from where you want to be.

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The Real Walking Dead: Joshua M. Price's 'Prison and Social Death'

This book is about society. Shifting the focus from the individual (crime) to the social (punishment) is not so much a political choice as it is an ethical imperative.

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Grim Thoughts and Gallows Humor in Eugene Thacker's 'Cosmic Pessimism'

Chuckle if you want, but these are good times for grim thoughts, and some of the best and freshest writing is coming from Eugene Thacker.

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Univocal

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'Teaching Plato in Palestine' Marks a Valiant Effort, but Falls Short of Consolation

Carlos Fraenkel champions two causes: the first is a culture of debate; the second is an allegiance to the principle of fallibilism. Unfortunately, both are hard to come by.

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Princeton UP

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James Wood on Why Fiction and Criticism Matter

James Wood is exactly the sort of champion of belles lettres we need, and this collection is proof of it.

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Brandeis University Press

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Per Petterson's Tales of Innocence and Experience

Petterson's closely-knit stories sadly and beautifully reveal the passage from boyish innocence to "manhood", and show us what it means to be a man.

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The Grim, Strangely Hopeful World of Per Petterson

As existentially bleak as it is, I Refuse is not devoid of hope. A refusal is a negation, to be sure, but a lost swimmer may refuse to drown.

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'The Uncanny Reader' Conjures Up Dreadful Pleasures

If death haunts fewer of the stories collected here than one might imagine, it's because there are things worse than death.

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Glen Duncan's Existential Horror Is So Good, It's a Curse

These characters navigate a constellation of theological ruins and failed rationalizations, wherein existential nausea must do battle with the hunger of the werewolf Curse.

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