December 3rd, 2010

S.C. Hickman

Ben Woodard: Dark Vitalism and Lovecraft's Philosophy of Nature

"In the beginning was nature. The background from which and against which our ideas of God were formed, nature remains the supreme moral problem."
         - Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae

H.P. Lovecraft, his materialism, and how it relates to certain problems within the new philosophical project of speculative realism was the central leitmotif within the discussions held at the Real Horror Symposium. As it states in the blurb the "symposium extends Graham Harman’s reading of cult gothic novelist H.P. Lovecraft in his essay “On the Horror of Phenomenology” and brings into question the relation between reality and horror. The proposition is that both horror and reality share a common ground and that horrific relations occur within the realm of realism."

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