Cormac McCarthy's Philosophy
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\"The field of Cormac McCarthy scholarship has long been concerned with the philosophical nature of his fiction [ . . . ]. While much of the existing scholarship on McCarthy and philosophy [ . . . ] paints McCarthy as a representative of this or that philosophical school--what Hawkins describes as the 'McCarthy and' approach--Hawkins proposes the far more 'radical' claim that 'McCarthy is an actual philosopher.' The radicality of this claim rests on the notion that while influenced by various philosophical and theological traditions, McCarthy nevertheless develops his own, entirely original philosophical position complete with metaphysics, ontology, epistemology, and ethics. [ . . . ] More than any other study, Hawkins' explicitly categorizes McCarthy as a philosopher, as 'advancing a systematic philosophy of his own.'\"
In his incisive analysis of Cormac McCarthy's blending of the material and the metaphysical and his work at the intersections of literature and philosophy, Patrick O'Connor illuminates some of the most compelling aspects of this fascinating author's writing. Technology, ethics, aesthetics, ecology, language, community-- O'Connor takes it all in, and the result is a nuanced, wide-ranging study that is eminently readable.
I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Appalachian State University. I research and teach in 20th century French philosophy, critical theory, ethics, social political philosophy, environmental philosophy, new realisms, and Cormac McCarthy studies. I am the co-editor of The Biopolitics of Punishment: Derrida and Foucault (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming). My articles and essays have appeared in Politics & Policy, Symplokē, Symposium, Mississippi Quarterly, The Cormac McCarthy Journal, The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies (Edinburgh), and The Aesthetic Ground of Critical Theory (Rowman and Littlefield) among othersOne of the guiding questions of my work is how political, ethical, and environmental systems and institutions situate themselves in relation to issues of inclusion, exclusion, power, force, law, policing, and normativity. I've always been interested in how systems establish and enforce themselves. These are the kinds of questions that got me interested in studying philosophy. In recent years, I have become increasingly interested in the resurgence of realism and materialism in continental philosophy, and the way in which our commitments concerning \"the real\" interact and reshape our understanding of ethics and politics.
I am originally from North Carolina and did my undergraduate work here at ASU. After transferring to ASU from a community college, I explored several majors, including music, political science, and history before settling on philosophy. I did my graduate work at DePaul University in Chicago where I completed my PhD in 2012. In addition to my interests in philosophy, I'm also an avid gamer and trail runner.
A. Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and the Physics of the Damned is really a book about the importance of philosophy for literature. In it, I look at how one writer uses philosophy to enhance their literary work. So the book is about Cormac McCarthy, but equally it is about language, ethics, politics, the significance of art, and how those are made manifest through stories. More broadly, I think Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and the Physics of the Damned is explicitly a defence of the importance of literature. When philosophy engages with literature, in my view, its task is to make explicit why literature is important, how it speaks to the historical priorities and predicaments humanity faces.
The other novelist to spend extended time at SFI was Rebecca Goldstein, who spent four months at the institute as Miller Fellow in 2011. Like McCarthy, she has a keen interest in the history of science, and began writing novels after a career in analytic philosophy. While she was at the institute she gave a talk entitled \"Why Einstein Wrote a (Bad) Love Poem to Spinoza.\" Goldstein spent most of her time at SFI falling into conversations about physics, evolution, the existence of free will, and similar topics. Novels or literature rarely came up.
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