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.
"Scholarly advice for dark times."
"Provides a metric ton of misery and a lot of company."
"Teeming with aphorisms and hilarious one-liners... probably philosophy’s only beach read."
"Belongs on the shelf next to the likes of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer... Thacker’s voice is quiet, a desperate whisper into the void that is both haunting and heartbreaking."
"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 touches of black humor - about the predicament of being human."
“Thacker is one of the most refreshing thinkers to come out of the United States in recent years.”
“A refreshing addition to the contemporary resurgence of interest in the possibilities of the hybrid essay form.”