Pessimism, Futility and Extinction: An Interview with Eugene Thacker

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In this interview with Thomas Dekeyser, Eugene Thacker elaborates on the central themes of his work. Addressing themes including extinction, futility, human universalism, network euphoria, political indecision and scientific nihilism, the interview positions Thacker’s work within the contemporary theoretical conjuncture, specifically through its relation to genres of thought his work is often grouped with or cast against: vitalism, speculative realism and accelerationism. More broadly, however, the interview offers a unique insight into Thacker’s approach to the thinking, doing and writing of ‘philosophy’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-381
Number of pages15
JournalTheory, Culture & Society
Issue number7-8
Early online date17 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • abolitionism
  • extinction
  • network society
  • nihilism
  • pessimism
  • speculative realism
  • vitalism


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