Patrick O’Connor’s Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and the Physics of the Damned joins several book-length studies that engage philosophical questions in McCarthy’s work. Other recent studies in this vein include Petra Mundik’s A Bloody and Barbarous God: The Metaphysics of Cormac McCarthy (U of New Mexico P, 2016), Ty Hawkins’s Cormac McCarthy’s Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Christopher Eagle’s edited collection Philosophical Approaches to Cormac McCarthy: Beyond Reckoning (Routledge, 2017), and Julius Greve’s Shreds of Matter: Cormac McCarthy and the Concept of Nature (Dartmouth College P, 2018). O’Connor advances conversation regarding the philosophical bent of McCarthy’s oeuvre by illuminating in the author’s body of work a “tragic ontology,” or what he calls the “physics of the damned,” which is “a domain of lawlessness affecting the human community” (4). O’Connor’s combined use of materialism and metaphysics in his analysis provides a fresh approach to philosophical interpretations of McCarthy, whereas previous scholarship has emphasized,...
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Book Review| February 23 2023
Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and the Physics of the Damned
Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and the Physics of the Damned.
Edinburgh University Press,
2022. 223 Pages. Hardcover, $110.
Rachel B. Griffis
Rachel B. Griffis
RACHEL B. GRIFFIS is Associate Professor of English at Spring Arbor University. Her writing has appeared in Literature & Theology, Mark Twain Journal, Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, Studies in American Indian Literatures, Christianity & Literature, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and elsewhere.
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The Cormac McCarthy Journal (2023) 21 (1): 93–96.
Rachel B. Griffis; Cormac McCarthy, Philosophy and the Physics of the Damned. The Cormac McCarthy Journal 23 February 2023; 21 (1): 93–96. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/cormmccaj.21.1.0093
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