Lovecraft's dark philosophy of cosmic horror is known as Cosmicism, which focuses on the insignificance of humanity and its doings at the cosmos-at-large, in contrast to the anthropocentric philosophies in which many find intellectual reassurance. This form of non-anthropocentrism is crucial to the philosophy of Cosmicism.
The question of the meaning of life was better left unanswered. Cosmicism is a type of extreme existentialism, as it brings up the uncertainty about the role of humanity in the uncaring universe, an existential crisis on a large scale.
Lovecraft embraces the truth of reality. Things are important to us on the human scale, but we simply don’t matter in the cosmos. He described us as "the miserable denizens of a wretched little flyspeck on the back door of a microscopic universe.”
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0:00 Introduction: Fear of the Unknown 1:35 A Biography of H.P. Lovecraft 7:20 Introdction: Cosmicism 12:00 The Cthulhu Mythos: Introduction 14:03 The Cthulhu Mythos: The Elder Things 15:10 The Cthulhu Mythos: The Great Old Ones and The Deep Ones 18:05 The Cthulhu Mythos: The Outer Gods 21:26 Fourth Dimensional Horrors 24:48 Forbidden Knowledge 25:50 The Dreamlands 26:37 Otherness: Anti-Human Becoming
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