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Eugene Thacker Featured In The New Yorker

Scholarly Advice for Dark Times

Professor Eugene Thacker teaches students at the New School the philosophy of pessimism.

Some people look to the stock market to read the national mood. Eugene Thacker, a philosopher at the New School, can look to the enrollment numbers in his course on pessimism, which have increased over the past few semesters. “There’s a sense people are having that the world is big, that there are a lot of dark forces,” he said recently. Students come seeking answers. “The conventional models, like protest, get lost.” Thacker is in his forties, with spiky black hair. The other day, he had on a black T-shirt, a black scarf, and black pants, accessorized with a black tote bag.

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