Mad Speculation and Absolute Inhumanism: Lovecraft, Ligotti, and the Weirding of Philosophy

  title={Mad Speculation and Absolute Inhumanism: Lovecraft, Ligotti, and the Weirding of Philosophy},
  author={Ben Woodard},
  journal={Philosophical Literary Journal Logos},
  • Ben Woodard
  • Published 12 October 2010
  • Art
  • Philosophical Literary Journal Logos
How does one redefine the boundary between madness and rationality? This is the question that launches Ben Woodard on a discussion of the methods for accessing the Absolute or what he refers to as the Great Outdoors. Immanuel Kant’s theoretical framework with its “legalistic” norms is the first target of his criticism, which argues that Kant’s bulwark shielding rationality from madness is untenable. Kant had “circled his wagons” against madness in order to clearly distinguish philosophical… 
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